Unison union members at
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
Workers have spoken to groups of workers in towns and cities across
A group of Lambeth strikers joined other UCU members to lobby pay negotiations between the union and college bosses today, Wednesday.
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