LECTURERS AT Bishop Auckland College are celebrating victory after forcing the college management to concede a pay rise that it had refused to implement. The college was one of a number which had refused to pay the amount agreed nationally last year.
After a protracted campaign lecturers voted by 47 to seven for strikes, which were due to begin this week. The college authorities met and recommended to the governors that the pay rise should be paid in full, backdated, and without strings.
We are delighted with the outcome which follows a series of union meetings and regular bulletins to members. We have set the agenda rather than simply responding to the one set by the college. We have also recruited more union members.
A one-day strike was planned on Thursday this week at 11 other colleges which had refused to implement the deal.