The National Union of Teachers (NUT) branch has issued this statement following the temporary suspension of their strike action:
Following discussions between NUT officials and the Chair of Corporation, a new proposal has been put forward with the aim of resolving the dispute over the unfair sackings of Flor Thompson and Diane George. This will involve an independent adjudicator hearing evidence and presenting a new report to the Corporation. Any member of staff can present evidence to this adjudicator, and their evidence will be anonymous.
To facilitate an attempt to resolve the dispute, the NUT will co-operate with this process and has decided to suspend the action planned for this week. In doing so we wish to stress:
1) The NUT remains in dispute with the college on this issue.
2) We have made no commitment to respect the outcome of this process, especially as the adjudicator’s report goes to the Corporation itself. Our resolve the fight for a fair outcome of our members remains undiminished. The college in turn has not given any pledge to respect the findings of the adjudicator.
3) We have merely suspended industrial action for this week. Our ballot for discontinuous strike action remains in force and allows us to resume strike action next term should this be necessary.
The NUT remains easily the biggest union in the college and the overwhelming majority of our members have respected the picket lines. We congratulate our members for their continued solidarity and determination in the face of the barrage of propaganda and disinformation ranged against them.