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Lambeth College workers to strike over contracts and closure plans

Issue No. 2396

Lambeth College workers protest

Lambeth College workers protest (Pic: Guy Smallman)


UCU union members at Lambeth College in south London have called a strike for Tuesday of next week.

The workers are fighting management plans to impose new contracts and sell off a campus to make way for four free schools. The new contracts are set to come into force on the strike day.

Some 95 percent of UCU members backed strikes in a recent ballot on a turnout of nearly 70 percent.

Unison union members are also balloting for strikes, after winning an overwhelming vote for action in an indicative ballot.

Mandy Brown is branch secretary of Lambeth UCU and a lecturer at the college. 

She told Socialist Worker, “Workers are really angry at what is being done, but also at the way it’s being done.

“We’ve asked for figures and financial information. But management can’t provide it.

“We’ve been told the new contracts will just be for new staff. But if you change your hours or job title, you’ll be put on the new contract.

“And if they get worse contracts through for some people, they will come back for the rest.”

The new contracts cut two weeks from workers’ holiday entitlement and halve their sick pay. They also increase teaching hours.

Mandy said, “The new contracts would give us the longest teaching year in the whole of London. 

“The quality of teaching will go down as workers are expected to do more with no more time.

“The cut in holidays will hit people who are carers or who have childcare responsibilities. They will have to pay for that care instead.”

 


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Tue 25 Mar 2014, 17:43 GMT
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