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Victory at Barnsley College as UCU rep wins re-employment

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2276

Lecturers at Barnsley College are celebrating after their union rep, Graham Mustin, was offered a new job at the college.

Workers had been preparing to begin a five-day strike tomorrow to defend Graham, a UCU union rep who faced compulsory redundancy.

Many believe it was the threat of a sustained strike that pushed management to back down and re-employ him.

Graham told Socialist Worker, “I’m very pleased and everyone’s quite upbeat about it. It was a big thing for people to commit to five days of strikes. But this is a result for united action.”

Graham’s re-employment is a victory—but management have pushed through some vicious attacks. More workers are on casual contracts at the college and on lower pay. A lot of lecturers have left.

But as Graham says, “This result can lift people for the fights ahead. And now we can start focusing on the strikes on 30 November.”

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Thu 3 Nov 2011, 16:37 GMT
Issue No. 2276
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