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Issue No. 2445

UCU union members at Greenwich college in south east London have voted for strikes to defend contracts.

Workers backed strikes by 94 percent and also action short of a strike by 

95 percent in a recent ballot. The turnout was 49 percent.

Lecturers and students were set to lobby parliament on Wednesday of this week against funding cuts to adult further education.

The UCU union called the lobby. The Tories are slashing funding by up to 24 percent. Over 15,000 people have signed a petition against the cuts.

The union has also called a march against the cuts on Wednesday of next week.

Join the lobby—1pm, Wednesday 18 March, main entrance to the House of Commons. Join the march—6pm, Wednesday 25 March, City Lit, Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA

The UCU suspended a planned four-day strike due to start at Barnsley College on Monday of this week. 

The college union branch will hold an indicative ballot on a new offer from bosses.

Workers are in dispute over attacks on jobs and conditions at the college.

Teachers at three schools in Lewisham, south east London, were set to begin a two-day strike on Tuesday of next week.

The action, in opposition to threats to turn the schools into academies, will hit Hilly Fields, Ladywell Fields and the Vale.

A march against the academy plan is set to take place this Saturday, assemble 12 noon by the Clock Tower, Lewisham High Street.

Protest: ‘Je suis Hewett’

Up to 350 people marched through Norwich last Saturday against plans to turn a school into an academy.

The Tories want Hewett School to become an academy sponsored by the Inspiration Trust. 

Norfolk County Council has threatened a High Court challenge to the plan. Protesters carried placards reading, “Hands off Hewett” and “Je Suis Hewett”.


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Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2445
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