LECTURERS IN further education colleges are gearing up to vote on national strikes over pay.
Members of the NATFHE lecturers' union are due to start balloting for national strike action over pay as soon as they return from the Easter break. If we get a yes vote the first strike day will be 22 May, in the run-up to the general election. Lecturers' anger over pay has been building up since New Labour came into office promising to prioritise "education, education, education".
Instead, the government has continued the Tories' dirty work of driving down pay and conditions while cramming more and more students into the colleges. In the run-up to the ballot every Natfhe member who wants a real fightback in colleges and universities should try and get to the "Organising Resistance" national meeting in Manchester on Saturday 21 April.
It will be a brilliant opportunity to make sure the further education ballot is won, and to develop an effective network of angry lecturers up and down the country who can take up issues in further and higher education.
- Howard Miles
LECTURERS AT Oxford College of Further Education were on strike on Tuesday of last week. The college management has not honoured last year's 3.3 percent national pay deal. The strike was the opening shot in a campaign and will now be followed by lecturers working contracted hours only. Local Socialist Alliance prospective parliamentary candidate John Lister was on the picket line-he is a part time lecturer at the college.
A national meeting for NATFHE members Saturday 21 April, 12 noon-5pm Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester (near Piccadilly station)
Speakers include: Mark Serwotka, general secretary elect PCS; Tina Downes, vice-president Natfhe (both in a personal capacity)