Studies at college campuses across west London will be disrupted when a strike takes place on Thursday (June 29).
Teachers at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWLC) , are taking industrial action in a row over job losses.
Picket lines are expected outside the main entrances of the college’s sites in Acton, Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall from 7.30am.
The strike was called by the University and College Union (UCU), with 83% of its members voting in support of industrial action in a ballot, and comes after the EHWLC announced plans to scrap A level teaching and make cuts in computing and IT, access, and business departments, leaving 14 staff at risk.
As tensions continue to escalate, the UCU claims it was told by EHWLC that the redundancy deal being put together by the college would be reduced unless the strike ballot was cancelled.
The union says it wants to come back to the negotiating table and explore alternatives including redeployment opportunities for the affected staff.
UCU branch secretary Matthew Cookson, teaches A Level English and is taking compulsory redundancy.
Speaking of the strike, he said: “This will have a major impact on the running of the college.
“Instead of threatening staff, the college should rule out compulsory redundancies and work with us to explore other options, such as redeployment.
“We will stand together to defend our members who face losing their jobs, as well as standing up for the education our local community deserves.”
Protests against compulsory job losses at the college were held in 2014 , and in 2015 a 24-hour strike was called , also over job loss fears.
Around 30 pupils will be affected by the A level decision, with the college still offering vocational courses BTECs, apprenticeships and more.
The college told getwestlondon : “We continue to meet the changing needs of our students in the west London region.
“As a result of this process, we have unfortunately had to make a small number of compulsory redundancies having explored all other available options.
“The college is still open as usual and we continue to support students through their exams and end of year assessments.”
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