Jenny Prideaux who works at Sheffield College and is a member of the NEC, the Chair of the Recruitment, Organising and Campaigns Committee and FEC Vice-Chair, writes about a crucial campaign for the UCU in the FE sector.
This is a call to all members to support Hull College UCU in its battle to save the college, save members’ jobs and defend the union. It’s time to stop Hull College bosses in their tracks!
On 25th August 2016 Hull College issued a notice that threatened over 140 posts at the College with redundancy – including 60 lecturing staff
This is the sixth year in a row that job losses have been announced resulting in just short of 400 job losses
Staff at the College believe that
- these job losses are short sighted
- profit is being put first.
- significant financial shortfalls are a result of years of mismanagement
- what was once a great college is being run into the ground.
It’s also an attack on the union itself.
The branch officers who orchestrated last year’s successful pay and lesson observation dispute have been threatened with redundancy. This includes the branch secretary, the vice-chair and our president Rob Goodfellow.
Our members at Hull, as you would expect from this branch, are determined to fight back.
They have a successful ballot for strike action and are taking strike action on Thursday 13th October
Actions you can take immediately:
Keep yourself updated by visiting the branch’s facebook page
Retweet its tweets
Sign the petition
send messages of support to the branch secretary Dave Langcaster at
Watch this space for details of where to visit picket lines
In full solidarity with our members at Hull