New ballot at Lambeth
UCU union members at Lambeth College in south London are taking part in an e-ballot after principal Mark Silverman made minor changes to attacks on them.
Workers should vote to reject Silverman’s offers that still impose severe attacks. The UCU pulled a strike ballot earlier this month because it feared legal action.
UCU member Alan Watson told Socialist Worker, “We had a good union meeting on Wednesday of last week. It seemed that people weren’t demoralised about the strike ballot being pulled—they were angry.”
The e-ballot ends on Friday of this week.
FE lecturers to reballot
Further education lecturers in England will be reballoted for strikes over pay.
The UCU union backed the reballot last week after the union called off a planned strike because of fears of legal action.
A strike vote for pensions
UCU union members across 69 universities have backed strikes to defend pensions.
Some 78 percent backed strikes while 87 percent backed action short of a strike on a 45 percent turnout.
The union will meet on Friday of this week.
South Wales action against redundancies
UCU members at the University of South Wales are set to strike against planned compulsory redundancies on 13 November.
Defend union rep Julie Davies
A judge has ruled against victimised teachers’ NUT union rep Julie Davies.
Julie is the elected secretary of Haringey NUT in north London.
Haringey council suspended her from her post in July. Julie said the council had no right to do so, but a judge dismissed that claim last week.
Workers say she has been targeted because she is an effective union rep.
A consultation on national strikes in the NUT union was set to end on Wednesday of this week. The national executive will meet the next day.