Monday, 23 March 2009

Support your colleagues in the Yorkshire IOU FE Colleges

Support your colleagues in the Yorkshire IOU FE Colleges – Strike days on 24 and 25 March
The news that action is being suspended at three more colleges shows that membership pressure is continuing to tell in the campaign to win implementation of the 2004 pay agreement in FE.

However, at three colleges in South Yorkshire members will be taking two days of strike action starting tomorrow as they continue to push their intransigent managers. Members at Dearne Valley College, Rotherham College of Art and Technology and at Doncaster, where the additional threat of job cuts looms, will be walking out tomorrow and they need your support.

Join the pickets: If you are near one of the colleges, the best thing you could do on the strike days themselves is head over to visit the pickets at your nearest college. They will really appreciate the solidarity as it helps to show that the national union is behind them. Locate your nearest branch here:

Send messages of support: the branches are telling us that the emailed messages of support they have already received have been a tremendous boost to morale. It only takes a second. Email the branch secretaries your message of support. Email them to the branches direct or head office will pass them on. Contact:

Donate money: these members will have lost a total of three days’ pay by the end of Wednesday. You can help support their fight by donating to the union’s fighting fund. Download the form here to donate:

DEARNE VALLEY COLLEGE - Staff will be on picket lines from 7.30am to 9.30am at the main entrances to the college’s Rotherham and Rockingham campuses.
Rotherham Campus:
Rockingham Campus:
Contact: – Joan Bland-
Tony Sables – 07955 342 683

Staff will be joined by local students on picket lines at the Town Centre site (Howard Building entrance) and Rother Valley site (Doe Quarry entrance) from 7am.
Town Centre site:
Rother Valley site:
Contacts: – Chloe Stothard -
Tom Donaldson, 0781 789 5060

DONCASTER COLLEGE - members will on picket lines from 7am to 9am at the college’s Hub and High Melton campus
main Hub campus:
High Melton Site:
Contact: – Rodney Challis - - 0796 355 6437

Staff will be on picket lines at the college’s three sites for the entire duration of the 48 hour strike - Dudden Hill, Wembley Park and Kilburn. On Wednesday 25, members will lobby dignitaries – including Lord Young- as they arrive for the opening of the college’s new Telford building.
Dudden Hill:
Wembley Park:
Contact: Indro Sen – 07737 288 055

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