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Lecturers step up fight for jobs

Issue No. 2269

Lecturers at Croydon College were set to strike for two hours on Wednesday of this week. Workers are fighting compulsory redundancies.

Cuts of over £4 million to Croydon college’s budget were announced at the end of the summer term. More than 80 staff are threatened with redundancies.

Management rushed through compulsory redundancies over the holiday—ignoring the statutory 90-day consultation period that should be observed prior to issue of redundancy notices.

UCU union members at the college balloted for strikes and action short of a strike. The results were overwhelmingly in favour of both.

Staff and students will hold a two-hour strike and rally from 12 noon to 2pm in the square outside the main entrance to the college on College Road.

Send messages of support to UCU branch secretary Margot Hill at hillm@croydon.ac.uk

•Talks between lecturers and management at Barnsley College over jobs broke down on Friday of last week.

A series of strikes during the last term forced management to retreat over the number of workers threatened with compulsory redundancy.

But despite previous assurances, UCU assistant secretary Graham Mustin is still at risk of redundancy. Workers will meet this week to discuss how to defend him.

•UCU members are balloting for strikes over jobs at Middlesex University. The result is due next Wednesday.

•THE UCU Left will hold its AGM in the School of Oriental and African Studies, central London, between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 24 September. It will discuss organising resistance to the Tory assault on education.

The AGM will also select candidates for forthcoming elections to national union positions and executive committee positions.


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Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:23 BST
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