Vote backs strike at college

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MEMBERS of the University and College Union at Sheffield College have voted to strike in their fight to save jobs.

They are preparing to step up their campaign against plans for 120 redundancies, half of which will be teaching posts.

A total of 84% who voted supported strike action.

UCU regional official Julie Kelley said: “Management has decided to make redundant the very people whose job it is to retrain the unemployed and help rebuild the economy.

“We are not blind to the troubles facing the further education sector. However, we believe the college is jumping the gun and putting at risk the education of the very communities it is there to serve.

“Strike action is always a last resort and we remain committed to find a negotiated settlement. However, the college’s current intransigence has left our members with little option.”

Heather MacDonald, chief executive of Sheffield College, said: “The college is currently involved in ongoing discussions with UCU, as part of a wider consultation with all staff and the recognised trade unions.

“It would therefore be inappropriate to comment until formal consultations with all of our staff have been completed.”