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South West Durham Training recognition agreement

UCU wins recognition at training provider South West Durham Training

14 May 2024

UCU today announced it has signed a recognition agreement with private training provider South West Durham Training (SWDT), which is a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College.

The deal comes after years of organising by UCU members at the provider, including recruiting over half the teaching staff to the union.

The recognition agreement means UCU is the only union able to bargain on behalf of teaching staff at SWDT, and will allow it to enter into formal negotiations with management over pay, working conditions and holiday entitlement. It also means SWDT UCU representatives will be given funded time to conduct union activities.

UCU regional support official Chris Robinson said: 'I'm pleased UCU has been able to reach an agreement on recognition and bargaining rights for teaching staff at South West Durham Training.  We look forward to building on our positive relationship with South West Durham Training and supporting our members in the workplace. This agreement highlights UCU's ongoing commitment to obtaining recognition and improving terms and conditions for our members in private training providers, across the northern region and beyond.'

Last updated: 14 May 2024