Fresh strike date set to be announced at Lambeth College
Workers at Lambeth College were set to call their latest strike date as Socialist Worker went to press.
The UCU union members voted to strike by 83 percent on a 57 percent turnout.
Branch secretary of Lambeth College UCU, Mandy Brown, told Socialist Worker, “Once again our members have shown their determination to resist attacks on their working conditions."
The Unison union should call its members out to coordinate with the UCU strike. And the UCU must throw its weight behind the dispute.
Keep the pressure on bosses in USS pension fight
The UCU union could suspend industrial action over pensions this week—to the fury of many union members.
UCU members across 69 universities have been taking part in a marking boycott since 6 November. They are fighting to defend their USS pension scheme.
Bosses want to shift the scheme from a final salary one to a career average scheme, slashing thousands from workers’ pensions.
The marking boycott rattled bosses—some said they would deduct 100 percent of pay from anyone taking part.
Yet instead of escalating action, the UCU leadership retreated. UCU negotiators have come up with a counter-proposal that concedes many of the bosses’ pension attacks— including scrapping the final salary element.
The UCU’s higher education committee (HEC) was set to meet on Wednesday of this week.
UCU Left, which Socialist Workers Party members are part of, has called a lobby of the meeting. It is calling for the HEC not to suspend the action and to call a special sector conference to discuss the dispute.