Workers at Lambeth College in South London have begun a new ballot for strikes in a long-running dispute with management.
The UCU union members voted overwhelmingly to ballot for action at a union meeting last month. Workers struck for over five weeks last term against hated new contracts imposed by college principal Mark Silverman.
Management has refused to talk to the UCU since the strike ended in July. Workers see this as an attempt to block any action being taken this term.
The contracts slash workers’ holidays by 14 days, cut sick pay and impose longer hours.
Workers rejected an offer at the end of last term that left the contracts in place.
Silverman has said changes need to be made to save money. Yet he grabbed a 13 percent pay rise last year—an extra £17,000 a year.
London Region UCU has called a protest in support of workers at Lambeth College. It takes place on Tuesday 7 October from 5pm outside the Clapham Centre of the college.
UCU members at Lambeth College have appealed for all colleges and universities to send a delegation and banner to the protest.
It is vital that the national union throws its full weight behind this dispute. There is potential to build serious solidarity with Lambeth workers—they received over £40,000 in donations during their last walkout. The ballot ends on Monday 13 October.
Barnsley College dispute update
UCU members at Barnsley College postponed a strike planned for Thursday of last week after bosses made concessions. Further talks are taking place.