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Jobs saved at Lambeth College as strike threat beats bosses

by Mandy Brown, UCU branch secretary, Lambeth College
Issue No. 2362

The threat of strikes has pushed management at south London’s Lambeth College to give a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for teaching staff.

The guarantee was issued at 4pm on Wednesday of last week, the day before a planned one-day strike.

This followed months of campaigning by the UCU union against job losses and the introduction of a graded appraisal policy.

Unions were in dispute with the college following the announcement of planned cuts of £3 million and potential compulsory redundancies of 42 full time posts. This could have affected 97 workers.

A demonstration was held in Clapham and Brixton last month in opposition to the redundancies. Both Unison and UCU drafted extensive counter-proposals but these were rejected. 

UCU members also voted for a programme of escalating strikes.

Management announced that the number of compulsory redundancies had been cut to seven. UCU responded with a lunchtime strike on 4 July.

This was well supported by teaching and support staff as well as local people. 

Management has promised that talks will begin after the summer break over the graded appraisal policy.

The UCU has suspended industrial action and the branch will meet after the summer break to decide if further action is necessary


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Tue 16 Jul 2013, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2362
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