UCU held its annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference in defence of public education at the weekend and we were delighted to welcome Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as well Natalie Bennett from the Green Party, UCU’s Sally Hunt and Channel Four News economics editor Paul Mason. Jeremy Corbyn spoke about the value and necessity of education and gave a stirring defence of trade unions.
Real show of strength between colleagues today. #powerinaunion! #fairpayinFE #UCU #unison and College IWW members taking a stand and saying enough is enough! Workload up + pay freeze = very unhappy staff
For more coverage nationwide see here. BC made it onto the cut! https://www.ucu.org.uk/fepayengland
FE News reporter caught up with one of our Engineering Lecturers who attended the recent UCU Cradle to the Grave Conference.
Read about it here:
You can see highlights from the conference here:
UCU and Unison National Pay Strike
Wednesday 24 February 2016
Joint Unions Picket outside David Hockney Building from 7.30am onwards
UCU along with Unison (support staff) will be taking action this Wednesday, 24 February, 2016 in support of our claim for fairer pay. We are pleased to say that UCU members will be joined on strike by Unison members who have also voted to support strike action.
Pay is crucial, while we all work for our students, we expect a fair reward. The average further education (FE) member has lost around £5,950 as a result of pay not keeping up with inflation over the last five years.
If you have not visited yet find out how much you have lost here. https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8086/FE-rate-for-the-job
At Bradford College we have been put on a contract that increased our workloads and delivered, we have been told by senior management, 8% more in terms of productivity for not a penny more.
In fact the last time we saw a pay rise it was sufficient to cover our IFL membership! In addition we have all seen colleagues leave the college with the corresponding increase in our workloads. Ill health and sickness due to stress related factors is at an all-time high.
Bradford College along with other colleges need to demonstrate they value their staff.
This action is for everyone’s pay regardless of whether you teach FE or HE , are an assessor or a coach, whether you are security, cleaners or support staff.
Stand up for FE and stand up for staff
Support this strike action. Join your picket on Wednesday 24th Feb
Print out the attached poster.
JOIN UCU TODAY AT : https://www.ucu.org.uk/join
People may be interested to read the following article:
And the following response from some teachers in FE:
Usual suspects presenting a united front!
Bradford College have just been part of UCU’s national Recruitment Week holding a stall each morning in the DHB.
Firstly, it has to be said that the vast majority of lecturers passing the stalls were already members. It is clear that the density of membership of the branch is very high most lecturing staff in the college are members of UCU. This is important for non-members to be made aware of. During the week we spoke to a number of no-members and we will be following those staff up.
If you are aware of any non-members please make them aware of this blog and they can see what we’ve done.
Remember, we welcome anyone working in the college who have a teaching and learning role:
- lecturers: full-time, fractional and part-time hourly paid;
- trainer assessors;
- progress coaches.
All welcome and all represented!
If you are aware of staff who have yet to join UCU please direct them to: http://www.ucu.org.uk/join
Bradford College UCU took up our placards once again. We took part in the national strike action to demand a pay rise and proper investment in FE.
Thank you for your support. We had solid picket lines and know the vast majority of lecturers did not go into the college.
Our workload is comparable to that of school teachers but our rates of pay are not.
We also had messages of support our colleagues at Bradford University and members of Unite and the IWW supported us on the picket line.