The militancy of the strike is inspiring workers and activists around the country and support is pouring in.
Around £22,000 has been raised for the Tower Hamlets strikers so far. Lecturers at City and Islington College raised £1,100 and UCU members have voted to each donate £10 a week for the strike fund. Ealing NUT union branch donated £500. The East London Teachers’ Association (ELTA) has donated £1,000. Alex Kenny from the ELTA said, “We know that lots of others workers will face the kind of cuts planned at Tower Hamlets College.”
Around 400 Tower Hamlets strikers and supporters rallied last Saturday in support of the action. Jenny Sutton, a lecturer at the College of North East London (Conel), was there. “Militancy is infectious,” she told Socialist Worker.
“We had strikers speaking in our union meeting last week and they had a real impact on people. We are facing death by 1,000 cuts in education and the only way to fight is to go all-out.”
Workers at Westminster Kingsway College have so far collected £1,400 for the strike.
- Everyone should invite Tower Hamlets strikers into their workplace, college or campaign group.
- Get a striker in to address your union meeting. Go round your canteen or staff room and collect for the strike fund.
- Take a petition around your workmates and send it to Michael Farley, firstname.lastname@example.org