College workers to strike today

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BARNSLEY College staff were due to take strike action again today in a fight to save jobs.

Members of the University and College Union voted for another walkout over plans to make 30 lecturers redundant.

They were due to stand on a picket line outside the Eastgate entrance to the college between 8.30am and 9.30am.

Tomorrow union members are due to meet at the college at 10.30am to march through Barnsley town centre for a rally at Peel Square at 11.30am. Students are expected to join their lecturers in support of their fight to retain teaching jobs at the college.

If the compulsory redundancy plans go ahead, on top of voluntary redundancies, 25 per cent of the college’s teaching workforce will go.

The union has accused the college of using funding difficulties as an excuse to rush through ‘disproportionate’ cuts. The college says it is facing a shortfall of 20 per cent over the next four years.

Union members fear staff who survive the cull would be expected to work longer hours.