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Barnsley college lecturers vote on strike against 'restructuring'

Issue No. 2417

Barnsley College workers are balloting for strikes over a controversial restructure. 

College bosses announced the restructure in June. Staff had to apply for newly created jobs—with lower pay and worse contracts—or take voluntary redundancy.

The workers’ UCU union said many staff were “slotted into new jobs before the legally required 30-day consultation period had ended”.

The college now has 29 job vacancies. UCU regional official Julie Kelley said, “The college has rushed through a botched restructure, losing many experienced staff who were utterly demoralised.

“Now we are only a month away from the start of term and 15 of the job vacancies are in student facing roles. The real danger is that students could start college without experienced permanent staff in place.”

The ballot ends on 1 September.

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