Strike Action at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st College
As reported in the last newsletter, NEU members at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st Sixth Form College are taking strike action over the imposition of a new restructuring policy. WQE1 College merged with Regent College nearly twelve months ago and the new policy worsens the terms for WQE1 staff who transferred over. NEU members' aim is to ensure that agreed new policies incorporate the best terms from the two colleges so that no members suffer detriment.
Following restructure, the new policy reduces the safeguarding period for a management allowance following a restructure to only 12 months instead of three years, and doesn't base redundancy payments on actual salaries. Members took strike action on 6th, 13th and 14th February, and plan three days of strike action in March. At the time that this edition went to print, these three strike days have been suspended while talks with ACAS take place. At every stage the NEU has shown a willingness to engage and negotiate to find a reasonable solution without members having their conditions of service worsened.
We are grateful for the support from Midlands TUC, with Regional Secretary Lee Barron joining the pickets and speaking to members afterwards, and from Hannah Packham and Ian Marrey, from NEU East Midlands Regional Office.