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College workers on strike

Issue No. 2360

Lecturers in the UCU union at Lambeth College in south London were set to strike on Thursday of this week to defend jobs. Up to 97 lecturers and support staff are at risk.

They were in talks with management as Socialist Worker went to press.

UCU members at LeSoCo, a merger of Lewisham College and Southwark College, are balloting to strike over job cuts. The result is due on Friday of this week.

Lecturers struck at the Grimsby Institute to defend jobs, pay and conditions on Tuesday of this week. 

Management want to sack one in five teaching staff, slash pay and rip up agreements.

Grimsby Institute spent just 52 percent of its income on staff costs in 2011-12. The average is 61.5 percent. It made a surplus of £3.7 million.

Chesterfield College bosses have sent redundancy notices to workers—on the same day as unveiling expensive new building plans.

The UCU union held a rally at the college in protest at the plans on Monday of this week. 

The UCU and NASUWT unions have struck several times to defend workers.


Ballot over pay

UCU’s further education committee (FEC) has rejected a below inflation 0.7 percent pay rise from the employers’ organisation, the Association of Colleges.

But the FEC then voted by a small majority to further consult branches, with a recommendation to reject the offer, and report to the next FEC meeting on 11 October.

This is a step back from the national ballot we unanimously agreed on at UCU’s annual congress.

Branches should meet and pass calls to ballot over pay.

Laura Miles, UCU NEC


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Tue 2 Jul 2013, 17:43 BST
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