9 July 2014
Our negotiators met with management yesterday and today. All efforts were made on the union’s part to reach an agreement that would bring the dispute to an end. Unfortunately, management put forward a proposal that shows very little movement on the new contracts.
A branch meeting this afternoon voted overwhelmingly to reject management’s proposal. In addition, a resolution was passed stating that the contracts dispute is not resolved but we will stand down the strike on Wednesday 9th July at 9am. This will enable us to get a fresh mandate from members for action for the next academic year. In the meantime talks will continue and if an acceptable offer isn’t made we’ll reballot for industrial action in the new academic year. We have committed to working during enrolment to secure the future of the college.
We have succeeded in getting management to talk to us despite the principal’s initial refusal to do so while we were still out on strike. Our action has also led to a small amount of movement on the contracts, and we now believe that further action next year can keep up the pressure and get a better deal.
We have had 5 and a half weeks of solid indefinite strike action. There has been fantastic solidarity from all around the country and we’ve raised an incredible £30,000 for our hardship fund. Tomorrow we will return to work all together at 9am, united and strong. A massive THANK YOU to all who have supported us – and get ready for round 2!