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Lambeth College workers vote unanimously to begin an indefinite strike

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2400

Workers, students and activists protesting to defend Lambeth College in March

Workers, students and activists protesting to defend Lambeth College in March (Pic: Socialist Worker)

UCU union members at Lambeth College have voted unanimously for an indefinite strike.

Union members at the South London college met today, Wednesday, to decide the action. The strike is set to start on Thursday of next week.

Workers are battling new contracts that will impose worse pay and conditions. The contracts will mean longer working hours, two weeks less holidays and less sick pay.

But the struggle is also linked to a fight to defend education in the area. 

College bosses have sold the Brixton site to the Department for Education and there are plans for a free school there.

Workers, parents and local campaigners say this will make it harder for people in Brixton to access further education. They add that no one wants a free school.

Strikers are confident they can win.

The indefinite strike follows a successful one-day walkout at the college earlier this month. Frank Innes was picketing in Brixton. 

“Management have tried this sort of thing in other colleges and lost,” he told Socialist Worker. "EIS members at Edinburgh College struck and won big pay rises recently. 

"Lecturers at Tower Hamlets College went on all-out strike in 2009 and won."

The fight at Lambeth College can stop bosses in their tracks and show workers everywhere that they can fight and win. Every trade unionist should get behind it.

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Wed 23 Apr 2014, 17:35 BST
Issue No. 2400
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