Pay & TAP Day

At an angry UCU branch meeting this week the Pay 2016 motion  was passed unanimously in response to the news that at UCU’s Further Education Committee on the 4th March our pay campaign was, by 2 votes, called off.
The anger from members at the meeting was such that, from the floor, an amendment to the motion  was called for to continue to pursue a fair pay claim here at Bradford.
To add to the fun of TAP day Bradford College UCU will be holding a stall from 8 am in the foyer of the DHB. Please stop by.
We will also be showing Witness, a film made by UCU and initiated by the UCU Black Members’ Committee, chronicling the lived experiences of black members in Post 16 Education.
Umit Yildiz, presently undertaking research into Prevent, will introduce the film.
Join us in  4F-27 from 12.30 -1.30 (Come after the staff briefing)


Solidarity spans the regions

Our sisters and brothers from UCU South West Region held a stall at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset at the weekend. Ann Jarvis from Yorkshire and Humberside Region was also there. At the end of the weekend they had £90 which they have generously donated to the strike fund for the staff at Bradford College ‘in solidarity and support of your amazing resilience against attacks.’ Many thanks to them.

UCU stand

This donation is very much welcome.

As we start the summer holidays 17 posts are still in danger of compulsory  redundancy.

We will need to carry on our campaign and be prepared to take action in September.

If you are in a pool remember that:

  • You have the right to a one to one interview regarding redundancy once the matrix stage is reached
  • You have the right to check information regarding you on a completed matrix form is correct
  • You have the right to apply for any job advertised within the college
  • You have a right to a holiday and can ask for meetings or interview opportunities to be made available when you return from holidays

Union Officers will also be taking holiday but if you need support contact in the first instance:

Now until the 25th July                              Geraint Evans and Debbie Rolls

From the 25th July –  1st September      Chris Webb and Debbie Rolls

There may be times when we all are unavailable.

If you need Union support in and we are not available please contact the UCU Regional Office in Leeds at  or on 0113 200 2940

We hope you all manage to spend some time relaxing and enjoying yourselves over the summer, don’t let them grind you down.

Get Ready for Thursday 9th

Last Tuesday had a fantastic turnout. We had over 80 people on the picket lines between 7.30 and 10.00. Let’s do it again Thursday – make it even bigger, even better! Show the management and governors our anger over the plans to cut staff.

UCU members at Bradford College have shown a commitment to fighting to defend education in the city. We know that we are protecting opportunities for vulnerable communities as well as protecting jobs.

We need to continue to campaign and show our resolution by striking one last time this academic year on July 9th. If senior management continue to fail to resolve the situation we will need to continue taking strike action in September at the start of the new academic year.

UCU believe that we are now in a position where the threat of compulsory redundancies could be removed as it has been in a number of other colleges. If this does not happen then the ongoing insecurity may cause the college to lose important members of staff over the summer. College and UCU members need to be able to enjoy the summer break without the threat of redundancy and chaos.

9th July – A key day for the college

Thursday 9th July is a key day for the college. A wide range of visitors are due to be in college on this day for the corporation meeting, examination meetings and interviews for the Principal and Provost posts. The corporation meeting will approve the college budget. If the threat of compulsory redundancies is not withdrawn then we need a large rally at 4pm to send a message to governors that they should only approve the budget if it does not involve compulsory redundancies. Speakers from national UCU and local campaign groups will be attending to give their support to the campaign.

We will also hand in our petition against cuts and redundancies to the corporation meeting. We already have well over a 1,000 signatures. Help us gather more before the 9th. Please bring completed sheets with you on Thursday.

So, on Thursday join the picket from 7.30 onwards and then come and bring friends, family and supporters, stray students for a rally of the governors from 4 o’clock.

Support your union, support your colleagues defend jobs and education at Bradford College.

And so we strike

Colleagues, see you on the picket lines from 7.30 onwards.

Students, please join us at the picket lines and join the rally around 10.

At 12 there will be a bigger rally in Leeds: get lifts, get the train.

Speakers in Leeds:

Liz Lawrence: President

Lesley McGorrigan: University of Leeds

Diane Maguire: Leeds Trinity

Paul Blackledge: Leeds Beckett

Richard Miles: Leeds College of Art

Bradford UCU: Geraint Evans

Leeds UCU: Robert Clunas

Barnsley UCU: Lee Short

Rose Veitch: Hackney College

Dean Harper: Unison

We are now also on Facebook:

Please ‘like’ and ‘share’ us.

And, if you’re so inclined, follow us on Twitter @defendbded

See you on the picket lines!

The campaign plan for the coming week

UCU have informed management we will be striking on Tuesday 30th June.

Now it’s time to step up the campaign to Defend Education at Bradford College

Wednesday 24th June – Union Meeting 12 – 1pm Lecture Theatre Lister Building (see motion below)

Saturday 27th June  – petitioning in City Centre (behind Waterstones) 11 – 1pm

Tuesday 30th June – Strike Day  early pickets on buildings, everyone assemble at David Hockney from 9am then March to City Centre for rally at 10am

Thursday 2nd July – Public Meeting  The Future and Importance of Adult Education 6-8 pm Lecture Theatre, David Hockney Building

For your information:

In the media, Interview with Professor Wolf on the Today Programme (24/06/2015, fast forward to the time 2:32:13)

Here’s the report that Professor Wolf produced on further education funding policies.