Protest at 47% pay rise for college principal

UCU Coleg Y Cymoedd lobbies governors

UCU members at Coleg Cymoedd in South Wales are incensed that the colleges governing body has offered a 47% pay increase to the principal while getting rid of lecturers. This is the UCU branch's press release:

Lecturers and staff from Coleg Y Cymoedd will be lobbying the College's Governing Body on Monday 9th March at 4.30pm at Nantgarw Campus in relation to the unjustifiable pay hike of the College Principal in addition to other members of the senior management team. At the same time, the college faces its third round of redundancies, with the potential of compulsory redundancies if 'efficiency' targets aren’t met and the possibility of loss of provision.

Following 138 UCU (University and College Union) members passing a branch motion of no confidence of those in charge of strategic leadership and governance of Coleg Y Cymoedd, incensed staff agreed to demonstrate their anger at the next full governors' meeting.

Branch members note the disappointing funding settlement for Coleg Y Cymoedd from Welsh Government of a reduction of 8.22% (£2,458,121) with the threat of further cuts for the following three years. Part time provision is expected to reduce by 50% with further cuts to full time provision of 2.5%. Lecturers were told that specific areas were not being targeted for redundancy and that management intend to mitigate the risk of compulsory redundancies by calling for widespread voluntary job losses. However, no assurances have been made. It is within this context that the remuneration committee decided to award the College Principal a pay increase of 47% (£46,084) bringing it up to £145,000 which equates to two lecturer’s jobs. It was clear that cuts for the FE sector were planned for this year and subsequent years. UCU branch officials strongly argued that prudent planning should have offset these financial difficulties with no job losses and no loss of provision.

UCU Coleg Y Cymoedd calls upon the Governing Body to review the Principal’s and senior management pay hikes and ensure that high quality education, with a strong and motivated lecturing staff is a key priority to enable the communities we serve to thrive.

UCU Coleg Y Cymoedd Branch chair and UCU National negotiator, Guy Stoate said " UCU is totally opposed to these cuts in staffing and the consequent loss of educational provision in RCT and Caerphilly. It makes no sense during a recession to cut educational opportunities. Make no mistake; we are here to send a clear message to the Governors. UCU will ballot for strike action if any compulsory redundancies are announced."

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