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Unison members call three more strike days at Lambeth College

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2408

Lambeth strikers joined UCUs pay lobby on Wednesday

Lambeth strikers joined UCU's pay lobby on Wednesday (Pic: Ben Windsor)


Unison union members at Lambeth College have announced a three-day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

It will be the workers’ second walkout in an ongoing battle to stop college bosses imposing new, worse contracts. And they will be joining UCU union members who have been on all-out strike since 3 June.

More UCU members have joined the action over the course of the strike. It is having a huge impact on the college, shutting down classes across its three sites in south London.

Workers have spoken to groups of workers in towns and cities across Britain to build support for the strike—and have raised over £15,000 for the strike fund.

A group of Lambeth strikers joined other UCU members to lobby pay negotiations between the union and college bosses today, Wednesday.

Slash

The new contracts slash two weeks from workers’ holidays, cut sick pay and impose longer working hours. Grace, a UCU striker, told a recent strike rally about why workers are taking action.

“When we think about these contracts, we can’t see how we can go forward,” she said. “I’ve got two small children. We’re going to be asked to work Saturdays and during the summer holidays.

“How can I get childcare for my three year old and eight year old? All the clubs they could go to are really expensive.”

But she added that the strike has transformed people. “It’s the first time most of us have ever talked to union meetings,” she said. “It’s been fantastic. It’s made me think—my God, we’ve got to get a victory.”

Trade unionists across Britain are mobilising for a national day of action in support of the strike on Wednesday of next week. Everyone can do something to back the workers—and if they win, it will make bosses elsewhere think twice about going on the offensive.

Picket lines from 7am every day in Brixton, Clapham and Vauxhall and a mass meeting each day at 11am at the Clapham site. Organise collections or weekly levies to support the strike. Invite strikers to speak in your union or campaign meeting. Rush messages of support to mandybrowncow@yahoo.com

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