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Lambeth College strikers face new term and new attacks

Issue No. 2417

Workers at Lambeth College in south London returned to work on Monday of this week after a summer break.

They are in a bitter dispute with college bosses over hated new contracts.

UCU union members were on all-out strike for over five weeks last term against the contracts. Unison union members struck for three days.

They rejected an “insulting” offer from management, but went back into work as many worried about not being paid over the summer. So the fight is far from over.

College principal Mark Silverman marked their return with another attack. 

He threatened Language Learning Disability (LLD)courses and English for Speakers of Other Languagues (Esol).

He wrote to the UCU saying, “If there is any serious risk that there will be a call for any significant industrial action in the autumn term, then we are likely to take the decision not to provide courses in either Esol or LLD.

“If we do not run the provision all staff in those areas will be at risk of redundancy.”

If he gets away with this, bosses elsewhere will be emboldened to go on the offensive too.

Lambeth strikers showed their power last term. United they can win.

Rush messages of support to Make cheques payable to J Eldon and send to Mandy Brown c/o Lambeth Trades Council, Hambrook House, Porden Rd, London SW2 5RW

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