Pay us some respect

Join the action on the 20th, 21stand 22ndMarch

Bradford College UCU members are taking industrial action next week in pursuit of a justand fairpay claim as a part of UCU’s national action on pay.

We have now heard from CEO, C Webb, on how important FE and HE are to us all, how committed he is personally to the sector, and how proud he is to be CEO of this college. We are also aware that the college has secured possibly the biggestbail out from the government. So now is the time to treat UCU members fairly.

Disgracefully the college has refused to enter into meaningful bargaining with UCU despite the College’s own Chair of Governors, Cath Orange, writing in her findings of the Dispute Hearing (held on the 6/9/17), “The panel welcomes management’s commitment to adopting an agreed procedure for bargaining and a negotiation timeline for 2017-18.” It is the view of the UCU that this has not happened. The college claims that, “We are continuing to talk with UCU representatives” BUTthese talks are scheduled for AFTERthe strike.

Furthermore, the cross college e-mail (Thursday 14thMarch) states, “students should be given assignments to work on or can study independently”. IT IS NOTyour responsibility to set work for learners if you are taking part in strike action. If you are asked to do so, CONTACT US ASAP.


Join us on the 20th, 21stand 22ndPickets will be outside David Hockney Building 7.30am onwards each day.

If you take strike action you can claim your loss of salary from UCU nationally:

This fund is there to support you.

JOIN UCU NOW If you join UCU nowyou can join us in action:

10 Reasons to take Action:

  1. We care about the education of our students. To get the best you must pay the best. So says AOC boss, “A well rewarded workforce is critical to the future success of FE.”

  1. We have experienced a 25% reductionin pay in real terms.
  2. We have had nosignificant pay rise in 10 years.
  3. We have had a very considerable increase in workloads and accompanying stress.
  4. Many lecturers are working at least 10 additional hours per week, equating to 2.5 months of unpaid work per year.
  5. Our colleagues in schools have seen a 3% pay rise on top of pay rates well in excess of ours, and in Scotland a 13.5 % deal! We teach many of those same young people.
  6. We have been told that austerity is over.
  7. We have seen senior management team costs rising while the wage bill for lecturers has fallen (figures supplied to UCU by Bradford College Executive)
  8. We are seeing money being spent on at least 3 senior consultants on long term contracts, despite promises this would STOP.

10.AND, let’s not forget City of London Group who have awarded their lecturing staff 5% even though this meant setting a deficit budget. CLEARLY, a leadership team who are looking to secure great staff for the future.


We have received messages of support from Bradford and Keighley MPs: Judith Cummins, Naz Shah, John Grogan, and a promise to join us on the picket line from Imran Hussain.

Support this action; support our claim for fair pay.