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Issue No. 2422

Lambeth College has power to win

UCU union members at Lambeth College were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss an ongoing dispute with bosses.

The workers struck for over five weeks last term against imposed new contracts. 

They met earlier this month and agreed to ballot for more action if bosses refused to remove an attack on lesson observations.

Workers have the power to beat the attacks—they should use it.

Four day pensions walkout at Aberystwyth university

Workers at Aberystwyth University were set to strike for four days from Friday of this week to defend their pensions.

The walkout, which will hit freshers’ week, involves workers in the Unison, Unite, UCU and Prospect unions.

Workers have organised a march and rally for this Saturday. It assembles at 10.30am outside Aberystwyth train station.


A ballot of Unison union members working in academy schools that apply the National Joint Council’s pay award scheme ends on Wednesday of this week.

The workers are voting to strike and join more than a million local government workers who are set to walk out over pay on 14 October.

The strike already includes Unsion members in non-academy schools.

Strike set over contracts at Barnsley College

Workers at Barnsley College were set to strike on Thursday of this week against the imposition of new contracts that attack pay and conditions.

The UCU union members unanimously decided to back the strike at a meeting last week.

The new contracts affect workers who were hit by a restructure over the summer, and all new workers.

Send messages of support to Barnsley College UCU branch secretary Lee Short at

Unanimous vote to ballot for UCU higher education

Union delegates at the UCU higher education sector conference on Friday of last week unanimously agreed to ballot for industrial action at the beginning of October.

They also agreed on an immediate marking boycott if the ballot is in favour of action. The meeting voted to call for an associated national strike in the case of any punitive pay docking during the boycott.

Activists argued for all-out industrial action in the event of pay deductions. 

Unfortunately this wasn’t carried, but some 40 percent of delegates voted in favour.

Malcolm Povey, Leeds UCU (pc)


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Tue 23 Sep 2014, 17:28 BST
Issue No. 2422
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