Socialist Worker

Lambeth College strikers vote overwhelmingly to accept new offer and return to work

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2437

Workers at Lambeth College in south London have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new offer and return to work. The UCU union members began an indefinite strike on Monday of this week against hated new contracts.

Their action forced college principal Mark Silverman to make a new offer. Workers met today, Wednesday, and voted near unanimously to accept with one abstention.

Workers have won a guarantee that the new contracts will not be imposed on existing staff. They have also forced Silverman to retreat on his attack on sick pay.

Silverman initially wanted all workers to accept the new contracts unchanged. He refused to negotiate with the unions.

Workers have been in dispute since April and took a total of 42 days of strikes against the plan. Their action has stopped Silverman from getting his way and shown that strikes can get results.

Strikers plan to meet at the college's three sites in Brixton, Clapham and Vauxhall tomorrow morning at 8.30am so they can return to work collectively. They have appealed for supporters and other trade unionists to join them.


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