Socialist Worker

Lambeth College workers call new strikes

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2431

Lambeth College strikers

Lambeth College strikers in Clapham, south London, during their last strike (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers at Lambeth College have called a one-day strike for Thursday of next week. They plan a two-day strike the following week and a three-day strike the week after if bosses don’t back down.

The walkouts come after the UCU union members voted by 83 percent for strikes on a 58 percent turnout. They are locked in a bitter dispute with college bosses who are intent on forcing through vicious new contracts. The contracts slash sick pay and holidays, and impose longer working hours.

UCU members struck for over five weeks last term against the attack. Bosses hoped their morale would flag over time–yet workers have continued to deliver big votes for strikes. 

Mandy Brown is branch secretary of Lambeth College UCU.

She said, “The strikes so far have resulted in some small improvements to the offer made by management.

“But they do not go far enough. If there is no acceptable offer from management, we will escalate our action.”

Following next week’s walkout, workers plan to strike on 9 and 10 December, and again on 15, 16 and 17 December.

Mandy added, “We plan to have two days of strikes in the first week of January, and three days the following week. UCU is positive we will be able to reach an acceptable agreement.

“But if that is not the case we will look to move to an indefinite strike in the third week of January.”

Strikers were buoyed by the huge level of support and solidarity they received during the previous strike.

They need that support again. And the national union must throw its full resources behind this critical dispute.

Rush messages of support to [email protected] 
Make cheques payable to J Eldon and send to Mandy Brown, c/o Lambeth Trades Council, Hambrook House, Porden Rd, London SW2 5RW 
Join picket lines on the strike days at all three sites from 7am. Join a rally on Thursday of next week from 12-1pm outside the Clapham Centre.

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