Workers from different public sector unions will come together on 9 June for a TUC lobby of parliament over pay.
The day will be transformed by the recent decision of further education lecturers in the UCU union to hold a London-wide strike on the day, which will involve 7,000 workers.
“We had 45 pickets across our sites in the last strike,” said Richard McEwan from Tower Hamlets college in London. “We held a union meeting last week before the strike had been announced, and passed a motion calling for further action.”
Susan McDowell, from Lambeth college in London, said, “We have a public meeting on 11 June with speakers from public sector unions, including PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka. We’re starting to work very closely with other unions and feed the anger over the cuts at Lambeth into the mood over pay.”
The UCU will ask members outside London for a levy to make sure that striking lecturers will not lose a whole day’s pay.
The UCU and Unison unions have also called a national day of action on Wednesday 4 June.
Bridget Bell, a member of the UCU executive at Barnsley college, told Socialist Worker, “The action on 4 June is important because different unions are taking action together – we can’t do this alone. The only time we closed our college was when Unison members were involved in the action as well.”