There’s power in a union (or two or three)

Dear all,
Huge congratulations to all those who participated and supported this week’s historic joint UCU and Unison strike action for fair pay in FE! It was fantastic to see Unison members on the picket line at DHB.
The day was a great success. Highlights included:  incredible photos of busy picket lines from colleges all over the country.
In her speech, Sally Hunt, General Secretary congratulated strikers and paved the way for further action: “If we have to do this again, then we do. Every step of the way challenge AoC’s policy. We should be very proud’
 Gorden Marsden, Shadow Skills and FE Minister showed once again Labour support for our strike, for our vision of education and our concerns about the upcoming area reviews  –
Great coverage in the national and local press, even the Daily Mail!
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UCU ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference – video report now available
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

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For more coverage nationwide see here. BC made it onto the cut!



Fame for Bradford College Engineering

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:

UCU #cradletograve conference – what the FE delegates had to say

You can see highlights from the conference here:


Join Industrial Action with UCU and UNISON over pay

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.

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.


UCU Recruitment Week at Bradford College

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: