College staff vote against principal

April Carrol EMN-140724-130157001
April Carrol EMN-140724-130157001

College teachers have passed a vote of no confidence in their principal in an ongoing dispute about changes to contracts.

Eighty staff, including members of the University and College Union and Unison at New College Stamford, passed the motion against principal April Carrol at a meeting on Friday last week.

Union branch secretary and teacher Godfrey Jennings said staff were unhappy with a “blame culture” developing at the college, and were concerned about changes to conditions of employment.

He added: “We have had good industrial relations in recent years despite some really difficult external pressures from funding cuts and Government reforms, yet we have always managed to negotiate agreements.

“This principal’s push for un-negotiated, imposed conditions of service has angered staff. This could not have come at a worse time as Ofsted are inspecting the college this week.”

Mr Jennings said he hoped “meaningful negotiations” could take place so that an industrial dispute could be avoided. The vote of no confidence carries no obligation with it. An online staff vote is open until April 2.

Mrs Carrol joined the college in September. She said she was “saddened and disappointed” Mr Jennings had spoken publicly while new terms and conditions for staff were under consultation.

She added: “The senior leadership team and governors are very keen that both the unions and staff representatives engage with the process of consultation, to enable all views and ideas to be fairly represented.

“Our objective, like the majority of our staff is to build on the success of the college and take it to the next stage of its development so that we can best serve our students and our community. Change is absolutely necessary if the college is to continue to succeed for students and deliver its mission of all round excellence.”