Labour Research December 2019


Nottingham College

A long-running dispute at Nottingham College has ended after the college agreed to retain current workload protections and ensure no staff would see their pay cut as a result of new contracts. 

The UCU lecturers’ union said the college had finally recognised that it needs to work with its staff and not against them. And it said it hoped that the deal would pave the way for more positive negotiations on workloads and a new pay framework for staff.

The dispute centred on the college’s attempts to impose inferior contracts that would have cut holiday entitlement and left some staff over £1,000 worse off. 

UCU members had walked out for 15 days in September and October and passed votes of no confidence in chief executive John van de Laarschot and chair of governors Carole Thorogood.