Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds College of Building staff walk out over cuts

Leeds College of Building
Image caption The union said further action was planned

Leeds College of Building staff have gone on strike over job losses and pay which a union says is an "attack" on education and professionalism.

The University and College Union (UCU) said the college wanted to make 39 redundancies and cut some staff wages by up to £10,000 a year.

About 100 members of more than 140 staff have joined the one-day walkout.

The college said significant savings needed to be made to deal with a funding shortfall over three years.

It is the second strike staged by members in a week.

Last Thursday staff joined the nationwide strike by public sector workers.

The union said lecturers who survived the proposed cuts had been told to expect an increase in working hours of up to 20%, which they said was an attempt to deliver "teaching on the cheap".

UCU regional organiser John Giddins said: "This is an attack on professionalism and staff and the quality of education.

"The proposals by the college are driving staff down and will undermine the viability of the college for the future."

College principal Ian Billyard said 39 posts out of 380 were at threat of redundancy.

Mr Billyard said the college had entered into full consultation with those affected and alternative options had been offered to try to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies.

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