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 If the threat of compulsory redundancies is not withdrawn then we need a large rally at 4pm to send a message to governors that they should only approve the budget if it does not involve compulsory redundancies.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.
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) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zr3w5
Here’s the report that Professor Wolf produced on further education funding policies.
This Saturday stall coincided with Bradford Festival. It was a fantastic weekend of music, theatre, dance and other activities. Other organisations used the opportunity to market their services. Askham Bryan College had a stall to promote their courses. Northern Rail had a Recruitment Surgery.
Where was Bradford College?
Here are members of the Defend Education at Bradford College Action Group asking the good people of Bradford to give support to their College by signing our petition and writing to their MPs.
Over the course of the 5 weeks that we have been in the city centre, the public have been taking the opportunity to ask us about the courses available to them. Therefore, we have been in a position to promote our College because we want students to come and learn and engage in the high quality education and training that we provide and can only do so if we have the lecturers and the support staff in place. So we continue to say: no to cuts and no to compulsory redundancies.
So we ask again, where was the Bradford College stall on Saturday? We couldn’t see it.
This week many colleagues from Bolton Royd gave up some of their Saturday for the stall. Could you or people in your areas organise to join us this coming week? Get in touch. Get involved!
The ballot closes on Wednesday. Look out for and start preparing for the results.
Defending Bradford College against the cuts – will you be here next time?
We petitioned the great Bradford public again on Saturday 23rd May. Again we had a positive response with many people signing petitions and telling us how important education is to them and their families.
We’re having a break this weekend for half term but will be back next week. Please get in touch and get involved. Remember to talk to your families and communities about what’s going on. The more people involved the bigger the impact we can have.
We are stronger if EVERYONE works together!
Join us on Saturday 23rd May
Lecturers from Bradford College UCU and support staff held stall in Bradford City Centre at the weekend informing the public of the situation at the college and asking members of the public to sign the petition, Defend Education, and write to their MPs and Councillors.
The public’s response was very positive. Many people saying how important the college is to their lives, their families and their children’s futures.
We hope to repeat this again this coming Saturday. Please join us we only need an hour of your time.
Come along this Saturday 23rd May, from 11 o’clock outside Waterstones.
16th May stall – Be here on the 23rd!