By a NATFHE member
NATFHE members at Leicester College, which has 42,000 students, were due to begin an all-out, indefinite strike on 2 February over management attempts to browbeat them into giving up four days of their annual holidays in return for a one-off payment of £1,800.
In the ballot for action, 160 of 286 members voted, 120 of them for the strike. Having tried and failed to bring in an eight-day reduction, the college introduced the four-day cut in August 2003 without union agreement, such that it is now compulsory for new starters. They claim the extra days are needed for "staff development, team work and skills development". NATFHE says this could be done within the existing year.
NATFHE regional official Russ Escritt said: "Our members are determined to stay out until the college are prepared to try to resolve things."