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Walkout over pay betrayal

by Howard Miles
Issue No. 1932

LECTURERS AT Bradford College organised a highly successful one-day strike on Wednesday of last week.

The strike was held in response to college employers reneging on an agreement to honour the national further education pay deal reached in early summer.

Natfhe union members at the college, which is one of the biggest in the country, voted by an overwhelming 83 percent to strike.

Staff at Bradford have been told they must accept a pay freeze this year because the new principal, Michele Sutton, and her senior managers suddenly discovered a financial shortfall over the summer.

In a panic response at the beginning of this term, the college management made about 40 staff voluntarily redundant.

It is clear management also wants to undermine our contract, which is currently one of the best in the country. Senior managers have introduced assessor/instructor grades for the first time. The introduction of these grades is undermining standing agreements.

They also look set to link lecturers’ pay and conditions to teaching observations.

We will need to step up action after the Christmas break if management fails to respond positively to our demands.

Natfhe members need to encourage non-teaching staff, who are mainly members of the Unison union, to join the campaign.

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Sat 18 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1932
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