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Nottingham College

Staff of Nottingham College strike over contract disputes continues

The staff of Nottingham College and members of University and College Union (UCU) are on strike for the fifth week across the three campuses of Nottingham College due to the disputes over a new contract imposed by the college.

The Chair of UCU branch at Nottingham College said that the college had forced teachers to sign the new contract which had not been agreed by the Union or face to be sacked Teachers of the college from across all disciplines are complaining the increasing unpaid working hours and the conditions of teaching are adding “unnecessary stress and anxiety”.

Members of UCU Nottingham College on strike outside Clarendon campus

The Health and Safety representative of Nottingham College said that the welfare of staff is concerning, and a member of the Learners’ Development Coaching Team said that increased class groups can also cause a health and safety issue.

“We have classrooms that were built for roughly 18 and there have been 25 to 26 students that I personally know of. I’ve heard that there is a class with over 30 students and students are actually sitting on the floor,” a P.E teacher told.

New students are continuing to start at the college each week because the college keeps enrolling new students.

Teachers have to make more plans for classes in case of IT problems and deal with unexpected issues that students bring along to the classroom on top of marking that continues to mount up.

“Before this contract…we’ve already done unpaid overtime, and now they’re asking us to do even more and take a pay cut,” one member of the Union said.

In an interview with Nottingham Post, a spokesperson from the college said efforts have been continually made to negotiate with UCU and claimed that: “a series of significant concessions” have been made specifically to address the issues of pay and workload.

John van de Laarschot, the Chief Executive of Nottingham College said he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision announced by the Union that the second wave of strikes will happen in November which will last 14 days.

Also, the Union has delivered a vote of no-confidence in CEO and a member of the Union told that both UCU and staff of the college do not trust the senior management of the board.

The first strike action took place in September when a 15-day long walkout was planned from 11th September to 11th October. The second wave of the strikes will consist of two three-day strikes and two four-day strikes, starting on Tuesday 5 November and ending on Friday 29 November.

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