College strike suspended in Sheffield - but Barnsley could go ahead

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A planned strike at Sheffield College tomorrow has been suspended - but Barnsley College could still walk out.

The dispute over job losses has been rumbling for several weeks, with college staff in Bradford and Leeds still planning to strike tomorrow, June 30.

Strike action that was planned for Sheffield College has been suspended after the college agreed an improved voluntary redundancy scheme and made it available to more staff.

Staff at Barnsley College warned this morning that they will walk out if the college ignores its new proposals aimed at mitigating job losses.

The union said it is frustrated it took the college a week to revise its plans and only create one new post, which none of the staff at risk of losing their jobs would be qualified to apply for.

UCU regional organiser, John Giddins, said: ‘Colleges are experiencing some financial difficulties at the moment, but the answer is to work with us to explore all the options available – not to start axing staff. We hope Barnsley College respond positively to us this afternoon so strike action won’t be necessary.

Members will be walking out at Bradford College tomorrow and then making their way to Leeds for the big regional rally in defence of further education. Strike action is always a last resort but, in the face of redundancies and lost opportunities for local people, our members feel there is no other option.’