Following an announcement last month that the College is to be scrutinised by the FE Commissioner and it has fallen into inadequate financial health, the local UCU branch has decided that this latest crisis is the final straw. Following successive years of pay freezes, redundancy rounds and the dismantling of terms and conditions, members are now calling for a fundamentally different approach to the way in which their college is managed.
At a branch meeting held last week, a motion passed unanimously resolved to present four fundamental alternatives to the ongoing mismanagement of the College including the introduction of a democratic management structure in which, competent governors, elected union officials and students are provided with appropriate information and resources in order to be actively involved in strategic decision making.
The branch also resolved to ballot for industrial action in the event of management addressing any financial weakness through a reduction of expenditure on staffing other than that of the Executive or any move by the College to worsen the terms and conditions of UCU members.
The Branch is requesting messages of support and seeking advice from anyone who have experience of developing worker co-ops.