Our negotiators met with management this week. All efforts were made on the union’s part to reach an agreement that would bring the dispute to an end. Unfortunately, management put forward a proposal that shows very little movement on the new contracts.
A branch meeting this afternoon voted overwhelmingly to reject management’s proposal. In addition, we passed a resolution stating that the contracts dispute is not resolved but we will stand down the strike on Wednesday 9th July at 9am. We have committed to working during enrolment to secure the future of the college while talks continue. If an acceptable offer isn’t made we will reballot for industrial action. Tomorrow we will return to work all together at 9am, united and strong and committed to continuing our fight for decent terms and conditions. We have had a solid 5 and a half week-long strike and have succeeded in getting management to talk to us despite the principal’s initial refusal to do so while we were still out. Our strike has also led to a small amount of movement on the contracts, and we now believe that further industrial action next year can keep up the pressure and get a better deal.
There has been fantastic solidarity from all around the country and we’ve raised an incredible £30,000 for our hardship fund.
A massive THANK YOU to all who have supported us – and get ready for round 2!