Lecturers in the UCU union at Harlow College in Essex struck on Thursday and Friday of last week against management’s attempts to impose a draconian new contract.
The strike was absolutely solid, with pickets of around 30 lecturers outside the college gates. One lecturer described the college as “like a ghost town”.
The UCU London region call for colleges to collect money and organise solidarity protests and stalls on the first day of Harlow’s strike action was very well supported.
Lecturers at colleges in Richmond, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London, Barnet and the Finsbury Park branch at City and Islington College set up petition stalls.
One Richmond UCU member said, “Members are appalled at the situation in Harlow where one in three teachers face pay cuts of up to £10,000 and a huge increase in working hours.”
At the Camden Road site of City and Islington College, lecturers organised a lunchtime protest.