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:
Our UCU General Secretary
is attending our branch meeting on
Thursday 22nd October
- We still have 9 FTEs in ESOL at risk of redundancy
- We are being expected to work harder than ever
- We have student numbers through the roof
- Workloads are greater than ever
- We have a very reasonable and simple pay claim of an increase in pay of £1 per working hour for all staff
Sally is here to congratulate us and show ongoing support in our fight for fair pay
Meeting 12 – 1pm
You have permission to close your class at 11.30 am and start your class at 1.30 pm to ensure safety
Lister Lecture Theatre D1
You may be aware that a demonstration at the Tory Party Conference has been called. See the details here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/national-demonstration-conservative-party-conference
The national demonstration is on Sunday 4th October with events going on during the week, people can stay over if you have the time!
Anyone in the Bradford area get in touch with Barry 07971038779. They have train tickets available.
Anyone in Leeds or Wakefield, there are free coaches:
In other areas including Barnsley and Calderdale, please see the People’s Assembly site: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/transport_to_manchester
UCU are supporting this demonstration to highlight the cuts to education. Please see the flyer attached.
Dear colleagues and friends, welcome back and we hope you have been able to have a good break over the summer.
Firstly, a big thank you, to every Bradford College UCU member. You will be well aware that back in May of this year the college proposed 80+ redundancies. Through the actions and fantastic support of the branch members we have had… NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES.
As you know we took 2 days of action and held a very noisy lobby of the Governors as well as collecting, over 8 Saturdays, a petition signed by the Bradford community. We should also thank members who supported branch officers in proposing alternative and creative solutions for their curriculum areas. Also students at the college who held their own fantastic lobby of Governors and delivered their petition. Ann Jarvis, UCU Regional Official, has also given her excellent support though out this period.
3.5 posts remain at risk from the original college target. This is 3.5 too many.
UCU nationally, locally and here at Bradford College, remain committed to NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES. Our ballot remains live for continued action to defend job and education.
CUTS TO ESOL
During the last week of the summer term the college notified UCU of this government’s cutting of all funding for Job Centre Plus classes for ESOL students with immediate effect.
This is a massive blow representing 9 full time equivalent posts under threat of potential redundancy. While this is a national government action, not all colleges have reacted as Bradford College has, and announced this reduction in staff.
Of course this attack on ESOL provision comes at a time of massive concern for the plight of refugees and migrants across Europe. We do not believe this cut makes any logical sense.
UCU have a long standing commitment to serve all communities and to defend ESOL provision.
UCU members at Bradford have to be prepared to take further action to defend education.
For more information and to support the campaign…
Action for ESOL Yorkshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
Build on what we have achieved
NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES
Bereavement Policy a Step Forward
Prior to the summer break Bradford College UCU took out a collective grievance against the college to argue for the implementation of a bereavement policy. At present if there is bereavement in your family UCU members on academic contracts have to take any leave they require from their annual leave entitlement. The case was made by UCU branch officers that this is out of line with other college in the Y&H Region where this is not the case. The grievance panel found in favour of UCU and the CEO and HR were instructed to begin talks with UCU with the target of reporting back by October half term.
Non-Graded Observations Progress
Locally UCU branch officers have been arguing for non-graded observation in FE in line with both UCU national policy and developments in Ofsted. At the end of last term Bradford College finally agreed that they would pilot non-graded observation in selected curriculum areas. Talks are due to commence between the college and UCU as to the format of these non-graded observations.
That we are making progress on these issues and have resisted compulsory redundancies is due to your strength, support for your branch officers and willingness to take action when necessary.
We need to be prepared to take further action, make sure every colleague, member or not, gets a copy of this newsletter. Make sure every lecturer is a member of UCU.
Colleagues may or may not have spotted this in the BBC this week: ‘Meltdown’ warning in FE college finances.
Colleagues may also want to discuss arguments made in this article: Sort out FE – education’s middle child is crying out for attention.