Barnsley College UCU calls 2 day strike, 26 and 27 November

20 November 2014


UCU members at Barnsley College will take 2 days of strike action on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th November in an ongoing dispute over the imposition of a new detrimental contract that, among other things:

  • ·         Splits Course Leaders into two tiers, cutting pay for the role by up to £6K per year and set to create division and disparity among new appointments and existing staff.
  • ·         Introduces an un-agreed Lecturer role that was used in a restructure in the summer to drastically reduce the number of Course Leaders and enable individual staff savings of up to £9k per year with the loss of up to 10 days holiday.
  • ·         Performance Related Pay for A Level Teachers in relation to the top 3 pay points of their pay scale.
  • ·         A reduction of up to 10 days per year basic annual leave for some roles, creating unnecessary divisions and disparity. Management claims that leave for some roles will actually increase, but an unusual and worrying additional leave clause outlines the work to be undertaken during such leave. (We already have a ‘working at home’ policy in outside of contractual leave, and believe the additional leave clause may also be used punitively.)

The contract will be used for all new appointments and existing staff if restructured.


Members took their first day of strike action on 14th October after management rejected UCU’s counter-proposals. The branch met on 4th November where they agreed unanimously to escalate strike action.

Members will be picketing town centre sites from 7am on both days.

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For info on how to donate to the branch hardship fund, please contact Tim Canfer:

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