Union says answer to colleges’ financial difficulties is not to axe staff

UCULecturers at Bradford College have today walked out in a row over job losses.

The UCU members are calling on the college to rule out any compulsory redundancies and seek alternative solutions to deal with any financial difficulties.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Colleges are experiencing some financial difficulties at the moment, but the answer is to work with us to explore all the options available – not axe staff.

‘Members will be walking out at Bradford College and then making their way to Leeds for a regional rally in defence of further education. Strike action is always a last resort but, in the face of redundancies and lost opportunities, our members feel there is no other option.”

 

Similar action planned at Barnsley, Mid Cheshire and Sheffield colleges has been suspended.

 


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