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Lecturers strike to defend victimised union activists

Issue No. 2341

UCU union members at Halesowen College in the Black Country struck on Thursday of last week in defence of four sacked lecturers.

Workers say the sackings are an attempt to undermine the union.

The strike was the first walkout to defend the four, after UCU members voted by 75 percent in a recent ballot. It won enormous solidarity.

Dave Muritu is one of the sacked lecturers. He told Socialist Worker, “We had a really good showing on the picket line. Around 80 people were there.

“There were lots of banners including the local NUT banner and UCU regional banner. A lot of students came to show support too.”

Thousands of people have signed a petition in defence of the four. “We had a huge Valentine’s card with all 12,000 signatures on it,” said Dave. “We tried to give it to college management but they refused to accept it.”

Lecturers met on the day and decided to hold a two-day strike next month. The date is to be confirmed.

“People are buoyed up by the size of the picket lines,” said Dave. “People can see that if they get away with this here, no one is safe.”

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