Leicester teachers begin six-day strike over pay and conditions

NASUWT members at WQE College in Leicester today take the first of six planned days of strike action over adverse changes to pay and conditions of service and variation of contract.

WQE was formed when Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College and Regent College merged last year. NASUWT members at the college’s University Road Campus will be taking the strike action in response to the restructuring plans.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “These restructuring plans would leave some staff on worse pay and working conditions. NASUWT members are concerned about the impact that worsening terms and conditions will have on the future recruitment of staff at the college.”

“Agreements made about the merger of the colleges have not been maintained. The NASUWT very much regrets any disruption caused, but agreements on terms and conditions of employment must be honoured.”

NASUWT EC member for Leicester Alan Hackett said: “Our members are strongly united over this issue. We want the existing TUPE arrangements to be upheld. What is the point of us sitting round with the employer negotiating a transfer if they then change it within weeks of the transfer?

“If the employer wins this battle it means that any school can just ignore TUPE regulations and set their own conditions.”

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