Socialist Worker

Lambeth College strikers can beat the boss

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2435

Lambeth college strikers on the picket line in December

Lambeth college strikers on the picket line in December (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Workers at Lambeth College in south London were set to begin a two-day strike on Wednesday of this week.

The walkout is the latest action in a long-running dispute at the college.

UCU union members are fighting hated new contracts being imposed by principal Mark Silverman.

The contracts slash holidays, cut sick pay and impose longer working hours.

Workers held two strikes last month and were out for over five weeks in the summer.

Pressure from the action has forced Silverman to promise that the contracts will only apply to new staff.

But workers are determined to resist a two-tier workforce and protect conditions for all.

And for all Silverman’s claims to be concerned for students, he is refusing to talk to the union to resolve the dispute.

Workers plan a three-day strike from Tuesday of next week. If Silverman still refuses to talk to the unions, they plan to start an indefinite strike on 19 January.

Strikes last month won widespread support. Students struck alongside lecturers during one of the walkouts. 

And strikers received daily donations from trade unionists across Britain.

At a rally at the college’s Clapham site at the end of the last strike, workers received £1,400 in cheques for the strike fund. 

The national UCU union has increased its daily strike pay to workers. 

It must throw its full resources behind Lambeth strikers to make sure they win.

Rush messages of support and speaker requests to [email protected] 
Cheques payable to J Eldon Send to Mandy Brown c/o Lambeth Trades Council, Hambrook House, Porden Road, London SW2 5RW

Ballot at Sheffield

UCU union members at Sheffield College are balloting for strikes to save jobs. The ballot ends on Thursday of this week.

College bosses say that some 75 jobs could go—and more could be slashed in the future as they aim to cut staff costs by £3.7 million.

Unfortunately the union is calling on the bosses to offer voluntary redundancies.

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