Education

Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture of marketisation and privatisation of higher education institutions create a culture where money is more important than education. Bath Labour Party is committed to combatting this marketisation, in line with national Labour policy, working for the removal of university tuition fees and reintroduction of maintenance grants. 

 

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Image: Katharine Barker)

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Image: Katharine Barker) 

 

What this has shown though is the power of the labour movement. This campaign has been fought primarily by trade unions with the support of Bath Labour councillor Joe Rayment and Labour Peer Lord Adonis. This alongside student mobilisation of members of Bath University Labour Club and Bath Students Against Fees and Cuts has provided a unified front against university management.

 

Bath Labour Party is also committed to working on the other issues raised by this scandal around pay inequality, job security and representation. Higher Education institutions are seen as public sector organisations and would be subject to our national 20-point plan for security and equality at work. This plan includes:

 

A maximum staff pay ratio of 20:1, which is a significant improvement on the 30:1 ratio seen at the University of Bath. 

 

The banning of zero hour contracts, which will provide greater job security for casual members of staff.

 

Repeal the Trade Union Act, which will give workers more power in their workplaces.

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modernlibrary.jpgBath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in Bath.

The aim is to combine library and customer services in Bath to reach more people from all ages and backgrounds, providing a place where everyone in the community can access support, knowledge, culture and events to help them reach their full potential.  At the same time, integrating these services in Bath will help save up to £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save a total of £800,000 a year.

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Statement from B&NES Labour Group following Government announcemnt about school funding.

education_cuts.jpgIn response to the Education Secretary's shake-up of school funding announced yesterday (18 July), B&NES Labour Group’s Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton) said:
 
"Schools across B&NES have been increasingly anxious about shortfalls in their budgets.  This issue featured heavily as a concern amongst heads, teachers and indeed parents during the recent General Election campaign, with the potential for cuts to staff numbers, bigger class sizes and reductions in the number of subjects offered.  Whilst I am pleased that higher minimum per pupil funding has been found under the revised National Funding Formula, I remain concerned about where this money will be coming from.  It is not new money.  Instead it has been taken from other educational budgets including, I fear, money set aside for school building projects at a time when there are holes in the floors and ceilings of our classrooms. That said, I will not be shedding any tears if some of this additional spending comes from the cash set aside for the disastrous and now discarded Grammar School policy". 

Bath Labour Group's statement on School Funding

Statement from B&NES Labour Group following Government announcemnt about school funding. In response to the Education Secretary's shake-up of school funding announced yesterday (18 July), B&NES Labour Group’s Spokesperson for...

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