Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds College of Building staff vote strike over cuts

Leeds College of Building
Image caption The union said dates would be announced shortly

Staff at the Leeds College of Building have voted to take strike action in a row over job losses and pay.

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.

UCU said 77% of members supported strike action and dates for action would be announced shortly.

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

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 officer Julie Kelly said: "Today's result underlines the strength of feeling amongst UCU members against the college's plans to break promises, slash pay and axe jobs."

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

"We have entered into full consultation with those that are affected and offered alternative options to staff to try and mitigate the number of compulsory redundancies.

"This has resulted at this stage in a number of enquiries from staff with approximately 20 members of staff taking up one of these options thereby reducing the number of compulsory redundancies."

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