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Solid lecturers' strikes challenge cuts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2200

On the picket line at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London

On the picket line at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London


Today's one day strikes at ten colleges and three universities against education cuts are very solid.

At Tower Hamlets college there were more than 30 on the picket line. Alison Lord, a UCU union rep, said, 'People feel we have to stand up to management. They have no respect for us. A strike is the only language they understand.'

At City and Islington College there were about 80 pickets across two sites. Students joined the picket lines. At the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London a lively protest grew up around the picket line. A big group of Esol (English for speakers of other languages) students held up banners to support their lecturers.

Nadia Hassan, an Esol lecturer, said, 'The government is cutting off the route to education. It blames people who can't speak English and calls them scroungers, but they're not. People are very angry. MPs have lied and cheated about expenses. They can find the money to pay off all these rich bankers, but the community needs education.'

People from all the colleges are making their way to King's College Strand Campus for a march to Westminster that leaves at 1pm.

There are strikes across London and at the University of Sussex.


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Wed 5 May 2010, 11:24 BST
Issue No. 2200
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