Leeds College of Art
United Kingdom

In 2004, the University & College Union signed a national agreement that produced a new improved pay scale for lecturers. Initially, only around one third of the colleges implemented this new pay deal, leading the union to take widespread industrial action in 2005 to improve this.

As a result, the great majority of colleges have implemented, or are in talks to implement, the improved pay scale. But around 60 colleges continue to refuse to do this. Leeds College of Art is one of them.

Our college has refused to put in place better pay for its staff. The college continues to secure LSC funding, but it has made a decision to pay staff less than colleagues at other colleges.

We, the undersigned believe that Leeds College of Art plays a vital role in our community, offering access to education and hope for learners of all ages and all backgrounds. This role is even more important during the current economic recession.

We are deeply concerned that for more than four years, our college has got away with refusing to pay its lecturers the nationally agreed rate for their job. This has demoralised and demotivated staff and undermined the provision of high quality education in our community.

We call on Leeds College to pay staff the money they are owed.

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The Leeds College of Art should Pay Up petition to Leeds College of Art was written by Christian Lloyd and is in the category Education at GoPetition.