Coleg Y Cymoedd UCU protests against 46% pay rise for principal

Redundancies and pay cuts for staff, huge pay hike for college bosses

A mass meeting of over 130 UCU members at Coleg Y Cymoedd in Rhondda Cynon Taff has passed a motion of no confidence in the college's board of governors to protest at its award of a 46% pay rise to the principal.

The mood of the branch is very angry. After years of a pay freeze, cuts in the pension and now a paltry 1% pay rise management are proposing to make staff redundant, including possible compulsory redundancies.

Its the workers who actually deliver education in the colege who have faced this onslaught, while managment are rewarded with massive pay rises. Isn't this the story of British society?

"College lecturers were offered 0% in the 2014/15 pay claim and face further attacks on their living conditions, which have already dropped by a fifth over a period of six years. Following a successful ballot for strike action, this offer has now increased to 1%. But Coleg Y Cymoedd staff have also been informed of a decision to reduce staff costs and management have already called for voluntary redundancy, and raised fears of compulsory redundancy. Ultimately provision will be cut which lecturers believe will have an adverse effect on staff and the experience of learners. UCU branch members believe that in view of the many challenges the Further Education sector faces, the decision to award a 46% pay rise to the Principal and pay increases to the rest of the Senior Management Team is unacceptable," a UCU spokesperson said.

"At the meeting staff were incensed to learn that the Principal had been given a huge wage hike. Members were furious that the Governors had agreed this at a time when the rest of us are facing possible redundancies. We want to send a message to those in charge of strategic leadership and governance of Coleg Y Cymoedd that loyal and hardworking staff are not merely objects to be treated in a disparaging way, but are real assets to their learners, communities and local economy. The governing body need to be reminded that learners learn in the conditions under which teachers teach."

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