Chesterfield College UCU steps up campaign of industrial action against threatened compulsory redundancies at the college.

12 June 2013
Following the highly successful initial one day strike on Thursday 6th June, UCU members at chesterfield ucu strikeChesterfield college voted unanimously for two further days action next week on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th June. UCU members will be joined by members of the NASUWT at the college who have also voted for strike action on those two days. This is the first time that unions at the college have taken joint action over a local dispute.
The extended strike action means that the UCU branch has started a hardship fund and we are appealing for immediate donations to help us sustain our campaign of action. Please rush messages of support to, and rush donations – cheques payable to Chesterfield College UCU – to  356a Ashgate Road , Chesterfield S40 4BW.
Over 3000 people have signed UCU’s petition either online, or in the print version. Many of the signatures come from former and present students, and the comments posted on the online petition are highly supportive of teaching staff and the stand we are taking to Defend Jobs and Defend Education at the College.
Follow this link to access the online petition. UCU Petition


  1. Mary Noble said:

    I am shocked to learn of the cuts at Chesterfield College. My particular interest lies with the Art and Design courses, since
    I have known a number of students who have studied on the post-18 Foundation course and have also taught on art Foundation courses myself.

    My son is currently attending the Foundation course at Chesterfield, and has recently been accepted at Goldsmiths University. He has been taught to a very high standard in the different disciplines required for this qualification, including academic study, despite the condensed nature of the course due to early UCAS deadlines, and the fact that the course is not actually taught full-time.

    The arts budget (0.1%) in the UK delivers 4 times its cost to the GDP and adds £5.9 billion of GVA to the UK economy. At least 80% of tourists cite art and culture in the UK as the reason for their visit, and tourism leads to spending of at least £856 million.

    The creative industries are growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy, and government ministers George Osborne and Maria Miller have both emphasised their importance to UK economy.

    British art colleges such as the Royal College of Art, St. Martin’s and Goldsmiths’ Colleges are renowned throught the world. Foundation courses are where it all starts, and Chesterfield’s is one of the most successful in the country. Short-term, false economy will irrevocably damage something which has given my son and many others real hope for their future, as well as a great education in professional discipline, and creative and critical thinking.

    On a more personal note my 15 year old daughter is also hoping to apply in 3 years’ time, and has been very upset that it may no longer exist in its present form, if it exists at all.

    18 June 2013 at 6:01pm
  2. Melissa Taylor said:

    keep all the staff cos they teach very good courses and i have been at the college since 2010

    20 June 2013 at 1:43pm

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