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Lambeth College workers reject bosses' offer and call off strike - but the fight is not over

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2411

Workers at Lambeth College have unanimously rejected a new offer from management and voted to return to work.

The UCU union members have been on indefinite strike since 3 June against new contracts. The contracts increase working hours, slash sick pay and cut holidays.

Workers gathered for a meeting to discuss the latest offer today, Tuesday. Mandy Brown is branch secretary of the UCU at the south London college. She told Socialist Worker, "The new offer made very little changes - except to bring in some over a longer time period.

"It's only delaying the inevitable. There was a unanimous vote to reject it in disgust by the branch."

Bosses have confirmed that all workers will be moved onto the new contracts. Initially they had said the new contracts would only apply to new staff or those who changed their hours.

Workers plan to go to work tomorrow morning, Wednesday, so they are paid over the summer break. But they plan to keep fighting when they return.

"We're still in dispute," said Mandy.

Workers told Socialist Worker that the mood is one of determination to beat the contracts. One striker Frank said, "We'll walk in tomorrow with our heads up high. We're still fighting. It's not over."


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