Leicester NUT Section of the
National Education Union

21st November 2018

Possible Strike Action at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st College

As you are possibly aware, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st Sixth Form College and Regent College have now merged under the WQE name. This means that some staff are employed under WQE terms and conditions while some are employed under old Regent College conditions. Clearly, policies need harmonising and the NEU's aim is to ensure that staff's terms and conditions are harmonised up rather than down.

In September, management at WQE produced the first draft of a Reorganisation Policy. This includes the procedure to be used in the event of a restructuring of posts within the college, as well as arrangements should redundancies be proposed. You may know that if a teacher in a Leicester School is made redundant, they will receive a redundancy payment based on their actual salary. Also, should they lose a TLR, their salary is protected for three years. The first draft of the proposed policy suggested using statutory rather than actual pay (albeit enhanced by 20%) and safeguarding for only six months rather than three years.

This was rejected by NEU members and, despite a revised offer of statutory plus 50% and twelve months safeguarding, nearly 80 members met on 9th November to vote for industrial action unless the proposal was withdrawn. The decision to reject the proposal was shared with The Principal and now members are being formally balloted over whether to take strike action.