Back strike action at Coleg y Cymoed in Wales

30 May 2017

Lecturers in the UCU (University and College Union) have balloted for industrial action to protect learners’ education at Coleg y Cymoedd with 93% in favour of industrial action.  Whilst already working to contract the first strike date is Thursday 15th June.

The Further Education sector in Wales is in crisis and the increasing intensity of workloads, coupled with job and funding cuts are leading to low staff morale and affecting the quality of learners’ education.  UCU members have drawn attention to workload, including lack of time to complete duties, such as quality assurance and also issues such as lack of adequate time for teaching Higher Education in Further Education and course tutorship; all of which are detrimental to learners’ education.

No lecturer wants to take industrial action and, even at this late stage, UCU Coleg y Cymoedd hopes that College Management will recognise the damaging effects its proposals will have on both staff and learners and shift from its current intransigent position.

Lecturer workload is driving the well-being of lecturers to the brink. It is damaging the lives of lecturers and their families.  It is also damaging the education of learners.  Management should be mindful that the working conditions of lecturers are the learning conditions of students.

Please support UCU Coleg y Cymoedd on pickets and send messages of solidarity: e: UCU@cymoedd.ac.uk, FB: @UCUColegyCymoedd, Twitter: @UCUCymoedd.

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