Lecturers at Barnsley College call off strike

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LECTURERS at Barnsley College have called off a planned five-day strike in a long-running dispute over redundancies after the one person set to be laid off was offered a new post.

Members of the Universities and College Union staged a four day walk out earlier this term as part of a battle against compulsory redundancies and were due to begin the latest walkout yesterday.

Already more than 50 lecturers have left the college but the current dispute centres around moves to make a union official redundant.

But history lecturer Graham Mustin has now been redeployed as a tutorial team leader in the catering, hospitality and tourism department on a three-month trial.

UCU branch secretary Lee Short said: “Members should take heart. It shows what determined action can do.”

Barnsley College principal Colin Booth said: “Barnsley College is delighted that the dispute with UCU over compulsory redundancies has been resolved.”