Lecturers at 11 further education colleges across London are balloting for strike action. If there is a yes vote, they plan to strike together on Wednesday 5 May—the day before the general election.
The UCU union is balloting members in Barnet, Haringey Enfield and North East London (Conel), North West London, Hackney, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Richmond, Tower Hamlets, City and Islington, and Westminster Kingsway.
Lecturers at the University of Westminster and UCL are also balloting for strikes over cuts. The ballots end on Wednesday.
Workers at King’s College London struck for one day last month. The local union says if management don’t back down, they will escalate the action.
Northumberland College lecturers were set to strike on Thursday of this week against planned job and pay cuts and increased working hours. They had an impressive 90 percent vote for strike action.
Cuts are threatening disaster in education.
The Higher Education and Funding Council for England (Hefce) is to bail out the University of Cumbria after revelations that the university was almost unable to pay workers’ wages.
The UCU says that cuts are leading to “financial meltdown” in universities. And this is before the cuts planned following the election.
The move by London colleges to try to organise co-ordinated strike action is a step in the right direction.
Education workers need to fight together to defend their jobs and students’ education.