Strike action at Kendal College in national dispute over pay

The Westmorland Gazette: Strike action at Kendal College in national dispute over pay Strike action at Kendal College in national dispute over pay

AROUND a dozen members of the University and College Union (UCU) took part in strike action outside Kendal College today.

The strike challenged the 0.7 per cent pay rise offered by employers.

Lecturers and support staff have seen their pay fall in value by 15 per cent over the past four years, said union members.

“We are proud of our outstanding OFSTED grade at our last inspection and know this is down to all the outstanding staff who work extremely hard at the college,” said joint branch chair Carol Catnach and branch secretary Judith Eland.

“Our communities deserve lecturers who are fully rewarded and treated properly, otherwise they will leave the sector and our Colleges will struggle to recruit the best people. That’s not good for anyone.”

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4:07pm Tue 3 Dec 13

IanLewis says...

They need to get into the real world, they are lucky to even be offered a pay rise...get back to work and on with what you are paid for
They need to get into the real world, they are lucky to even be offered a pay rise...get back to work and on with what you are paid for IanLewis

4:37pm Tue 3 Dec 13

blade stall says...

Well said that man. Not many out there eh!!!
Well said that man. Not many out there eh!!! blade stall

4:42pm Tue 3 Dec 13

laker1 says...

If they're not happy with their terms and conditions, the answer is simple - go somewhere else, there's plenty of people out there would take the jobs
If they're not happy with their terms and conditions, the answer is simple - go somewhere else, there's plenty of people out there would take the jobs laker1

4:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

fellsman says...

Hope they're not being paid whilst they are out on strike - mind it will save the authorities money
Hope they're not being paid whilst they are out on strike - mind it will save the authorities money fellsman

10:30am Wed 4 Dec 13

magical trevor says...

Ridiculous comments from people who are ill-equipped to comment about a situation they know NOTHING about.....same old names appearing as usual....what a bore and a surprise.
Ridiculous comments from people who are ill-equipped to comment about a situation they know NOTHING about.....same old names appearing as usual....what a bore and a surprise. magical trevor

11:19am Wed 4 Dec 13

IanLewis says...

magical trevor wrote:
Ridiculous comments from people who are ill-equipped to comment about a situation they know NOTHING about.....same old names appearing as usual....what a bore and a surprise.
Perhaps you could enlighten us, as clearly you feel you are the font of all knowledge regarding this
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: Ridiculous comments from people who are ill-equipped to comment about a situation they know NOTHING about.....same old names appearing as usual....what a bore and a surprise.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could enlighten us, as clearly you feel you are the font of all knowledge regarding this IanLewis

1:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

magical trevor says...

Nothing like reading between the lines Ian Lewis....I didn't say I knew all about the situation....just the normal names spouting dross that adds nothing to the story.
Nothing like reading between the lines Ian Lewis....I didn't say I knew all about the situation....just the normal names spouting dross that adds nothing to the story. magical trevor

9:37am Mon 9 Dec 13

jazzactivist says...

Judging by most of the comments here, I wonder why there is so much vitriol about working people wanting decent pay for the work they do. Are the people who teach and care for the educational welfare of us, our children and grandchildren not entitled to a decent salary with regular increases? Lecturers and college support staff are people who have taken the trouble in life to become qualified and experienced in their own field of work, AND developed the skills to be able to successfully teach and support others - that's no mean feat. It's certainly not the same type of work as people who work in the private sector with a lot less responsibility but regularly receive bonuses and other perks. That isn't the case in the public sector - all you have is your salary and annual increases. I pay my taxes so that our society can have decent education, and that means making sure that educators have an acceptable standard of living to be able to do their job well.

The only way public sector workers can let people know that they are being treated unfairly is to strike. The whole point of a strike is that it inconveniences people, so that they realise the value of the service and support the strikers to get better pay and conditions. Working in the public sector is specialist work. If all staff in a particular public service sector are on strike there is no way of replicating that service elsewhere. Whereas if all the staff of, say, Tesco went on strike it would have no impact as everyone could just shop elsewhere. If we want to keep our public services then we have to treat our public service workers well.
Judging by most of the comments here, I wonder why there is so much vitriol about working people wanting decent pay for the work they do. Are the people who teach and care for the educational welfare of us, our children and grandchildren not entitled to a decent salary with regular increases? Lecturers and college support staff are people who have taken the trouble in life to become qualified and experienced in their own field of work, AND developed the skills to be able to successfully teach and support others - that's no mean feat. It's certainly not the same type of work as people who work in the private sector with a lot less responsibility but regularly receive bonuses and other perks. That isn't the case in the public sector - all you have is your salary and annual increases. I pay my taxes so that our society can have decent education, and that means making sure that educators have an acceptable standard of living to be able to do their job well. The only way public sector workers can let people know that they are being treated unfairly is to strike. The whole point of a strike is that it inconveniences people, so that they realise the value of the service and support the strikers to get better pay and conditions. Working in the public sector is specialist work. If all staff in a particular public service sector are on strike there is no way of replicating that service elsewhere. Whereas if all the staff of, say, Tesco went on strike it would have no impact as everyone could just shop elsewhere. If we want to keep our public services then we have to treat our public service workers well. jazzactivist

4:51pm Mon 9 Dec 13

fellsman says...

Gosh - don't some people get touchy - Simple fact to quote an outgoing Labour Cabinet Minster 3 years ago "the cupboard is bare" Councils have had to make massive savings and this has affected everyone both in the private sector and public. During the Labour years the public sector expanded to an unbelievable level - all with pensions, paid for by the rest of us.

There are a lot of generalisations flying around but for Jazz Activist to make the assertion that "It's certainly not the same type of work as people who work in the private sector with a lot less responsibility but regularly receive bonuses and other perks" shows a complete misunderstanding of the majority of the people who work in the private sector who have had to put up with NO wage rises over recent years, NO gold plated pensions funded by the rest of us - NO bonuses - Unfortunately people looking at what happens in some industries ie banks, completely disregard those in the majority of private businesses, many of them small businesses who HAVE HAD to make sacrifices to stay in employment.
Gosh - don't some people get touchy - Simple fact to quote an outgoing Labour Cabinet Minster 3 years ago "the cupboard is bare" Councils have had to make massive savings and this has affected everyone both in the private sector and public. During the Labour years the public sector expanded to an unbelievable level - all with pensions, paid for by the rest of us. There are a lot of generalisations flying around but for Jazz Activist to make the assertion that "It's certainly not the same type of work as people who work in the private sector with a lot less responsibility but regularly receive bonuses and other perks" shows a complete misunderstanding of the majority of the people who work in the private sector who have had to put up with NO wage rises over recent years, NO gold plated pensions funded by the rest of us - NO bonuses - Unfortunately people looking at what happens in some industries ie banks, completely disregard those in the majority of private businesses, many of them small businesses who HAVE HAD to make sacrifices to stay in employment. fellsman

2:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jazzactivist says...

It sounds like you are justifying low wages for everyone, fellsman. The argument that the Council's 'cupboard is bare' wouldn't be the case if big corporations, who you correctly point out often pay the lowest wages, paid the correct levels of corporation tax. I wasn't thinking only about bankers excesses, but about what managers in the retail industry earn who are often cited as having the same levels of responsibility as teachers. To gain expertise in your field and to be able to teach it well to others, or to be able to support people in a sensitive way who need extra help, are highly skilled types of work, and need a salary scale to match. A manager in another sector may have responsibility for staff, budgets and training, but they aren't responsible for the more important factors of people's welfare, wellbeing and future. So it is hardly the same type of job.

It's no good for anyone to argue that because people who work in the private sector have 'had to make sacrifices' that people who work in the public and not-for-profit sectors should too. People who work in the public and voluntary sectors have been making pay sacrifices for as long as I have known, and not an overtime payment or bonus in sight, even during the good times! We have to ask what exactly everyone is sacrificing their pay and terms and conditions for as, according to George Osbourne's recent announcement, Britain has nearly paid off our national debt. So isn't it about time that we all expect to be paid what our knowledge, skills and work is really worth? A competition for how little employees in different work sectors are willing to accept in pay and conditions is a descent into hell for everyone. And I am saying this as a self-employed small business owner.
It sounds like you are justifying low wages for everyone, fellsman. The argument that the Council's 'cupboard is bare' wouldn't be the case if big corporations, who you correctly point out often pay the lowest wages, paid the correct levels of corporation tax. I wasn't thinking only about bankers excesses, but about what managers in the retail industry earn who are often cited as having the same levels of responsibility as teachers. To gain expertise in your field and to be able to teach it well to others, or to be able to support people in a sensitive way who need extra help, are highly skilled types of work, and need a salary scale to match. A manager in another sector may have responsibility for staff, budgets and training, but they aren't responsible for the more important factors of people's welfare, wellbeing and future. So it is hardly the same type of job. It's no good for anyone to argue that because people who work in the private sector have 'had to make sacrifices' that people who work in the public and not-for-profit sectors should too. People who work in the public and voluntary sectors have been making pay sacrifices for as long as I have known, and not an overtime payment or bonus in sight, even during the good times! We have to ask what exactly everyone is sacrificing their pay and terms and conditions for as, according to George Osbourne's recent announcement, Britain has nearly paid off our national debt. So isn't it about time that we all expect to be paid what our knowledge, skills and work is really worth? A competition for how little employees in different work sectors are willing to accept in pay and conditions is a descent into hell for everyone. And I am saying this as a self-employed small business owner. jazzactivist

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