With far more pleasant weather than previous strike days, UCU members at Bradford College were out in force for the latest round of action by UCU members over pay in a number of colleges across England.
Iain Dalton, Socialist Party West Yorkshire Organiser
Over 30 pickets gathered outside the college’s flagship David Hoclney building, a testament to the money that management has thrown at new buildings whilst restraining pay for staff.
The college is in crisis, having gone through 4 different CEOs over the last year, with staff increasingly despairing of the future of three further education sector. But this chaos is also making pickets more determined as what they see at stake is the existence of such educational provision.
Whilst management at Bradford seem intransigent on the pay issue, increasing numbers of management’s at other colleges are being forced to back down to the demands of striking UCU members.
Sheffield UCU branch committee member and Socialist Party member Sam Morecroft was one of those who addressed the picket line, bringing solidarity from his branch along with a donation to the strike fund and demanding college management open the books so staff can see the full extent of their mismanagement.
This latest 3 day action will continue to up the pressure on college managements, but it is vital, given the small numbers of UCU branches in FE that were able to overcome the undemocratic 50% turnout threshold, that other UCU branches and the wider trade union movement mobilising in full support.