by Tim Lezard UCU members at the College of North West London are today being balloted for industrial action in response to a move by the college to increase the number of casual contracts and the compulsory redundancy of one of its members. The disput …

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College of North West Londonby Tim Lezard

UCU members at the College of North West London are today being balloted for industrial action in response to a move by the college to increase the number of casual contracts and the compulsory redundancy of one of its members.

The dispute has arisen from a college reorganisation designed to move 30% of staff onto hourly paid contracts. The college maintains that this is necessary in order to ‘enable flexibility’, but UCU argues that if the hours are available then staff should be kept on more secure contracts.

The union also believes that the college has used this reorganisation as an excuse to target an activist at the college. It says that it is ‘no coincidence’ that the only member of staff to be made compulsory redundant is a UCU representative.

UCU regional officer Una O’Brien said: ‘We cannot stand aside and see one of our members unfairly treated in this way, it’s no coincidence that the only redundancy is a UCU activist. We have argued against the overall policy of moving staff on to hourly paid contracts, if the work is available then staff should be employed on a more secure basis. The person in question is available for work and the work is available for them, but are being made redundant for the sake of a flawed policy. It is now up to our members to decide how to respond.”


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