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Staff at three Yorkshire and the Humber colleges strike to defend jobs

STAFF at three colleges in Yorkshire and the Humber launched a 48-hour strike in defence of their jobs today.

Hull College Group runs colleges in Hull, Harrogate and Goole.

Bosses plan to slash 231 jobs — around one-third of the workforce — and cut the number of courses available.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) recently passed a vote of no confidence in group chief executive Michelle Swithenbank, accusing her of failing to defend jobs.

UCU regional official Julie Kelley said: “Strike action is never taken lightly, but staff at the Hull College Group feel they have been left with little choice.

“These job cuts would be devastating for staff, students and the local community. We urge the college management to put an urgent stop to these plans and work with us to explore better alternatives which protect jobs and learning opportunities.” 

Pickets were in action at all three colleges.

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