Striking back at the LCC
Lecturers from the London College of Communications struck against course closures and job cuts last week.
Staff were joined by students, including the student union president-elect.
The strikers—members of the UCU union—were pleased with the turnout as many had been intimidated by management. College authorities even told students that it would be “illegal” for them to join the pickets.
Lecturer Kulbir Basra ran seven courses in the school of creative enterprise, but these are among the 16 courses the university has decided to cut.
“We have got to fight,” said Kulbir. “The UCU has to have a national strategy to defeat these cuts. We need more collective action, more demonstrations, and we need to work with the students.”
Occupation at Greenwich college
Some 50 staff and students from Greenwich Community College, south London, held a sit in on Wednesday of last week against proposed cuts.
Protesters wearing UCU union T-shirts held banners and were joined by students from the near-by Meridian Music Centre, which is also threatened. Occupiers chanted slogans aimed at the management and Ofsted inspectors going in and out of the building.
Manchester starts strike ballot
Lecturers in the UCU union at Manchester College are balloting for strikes against worse terms and conditions. The ballot closes on 11 June.
Middlesex: Stop the victimsations
Victimised staff at Middlesex University remain suspended from their jobs and unable to enter campus after a recent occupation. The UCU union branch has passed a motion saying they will go into dispute if staff are not reinstated.
Meanwhile four students have been forced to state they will not take part in future occupations and still face restricted access to campus.
Sussex uni could face boycott
The University of Sussex may become only the second college to be subject to an academic boycott by the UCU union.
The dispute centres on plans to axe 112 staff. So far, bosses have refused to negotiate with the union.