Socialist Worker

Resist every college cut

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2460

UCU union members at Bradford College struck on Tuesday of this week against compulsory redundancies.

UCU members at Barnsley College and Mid Cheshire College had planned to strike too, but the walkouts were suspended.

Talks had seen bosses at Mid Cheshire say they will not issue any compulsory redundancy notices before September.

Bosses at Barnsley College had agreed to look at union proposals to improve job opportunities for staff at risk of redundancy.

Risk

They announced 11 redundancies in May and have since said a further 25 jobs are at risk.

The attacks follow a government cut of 24 percent to the adult education budget affecting colleges across Britain.

Strikes and the threat of strikes has won guarantees of no compulsory redundancies at some colleges, but not all.

All cuts, compulsory or otherwise, damage education and make life harder for the workers who remain. Unions should fight them all.


Stafford College workers walked out in protest at 3pm on Friday of last week and called on their principal to resign. College bosses have threatened job cuts. Workers say there is a “culture of fear” at the college.

UCU union rep Marina Bowler said the cuts were not simply linked to the government’s recent cut to adult education funding.

“I think initially we were viewed as a small militant faction of lefties,” she said. “But it is not the case, as proven by events today.”


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