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Greenwich College workers strike against new contracts

by Mark Dunk
Issue No. 2449

Strikers on the picket line

Strikers on the picket line (Pic: Mark Dunk)

Workers at Greenwich college in south east London struck today, Wednesday, against new contracts.

The new contracts would add two hours to the working week, slash holidays by two weeks and bring in unannounced observations.

UCU union members backed strikes by 94 percent in a ballot.

Previous attacks on working conditions have already driven teachers to leave the college and staff fear more could follow if these cuts aren’t stopped.

One union member said, “I've been here 14 years and this is the worst it’s ever been".

UCU rep Lynne Chamberlain told Socialist Worker, “We had quite big picket lines and there’s a real mood to carry on with the strikes.

“I would say the mood is resolute. And people are also quite angry with the principal. She went to Barbados over the Easter holiday while the rest of us were sweating over lesson plans.”

Pickets have also raised questions about the college’s finances. Lynne said, “The principal says we have got no money but there was £6 million in reserves last year.

“Where has it gone?”

Workers say the principal is refusing to budge over new contracts. Workers have called further walkouts on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, on 29 April and 1 May.

Send messages of support to and UCU defend FE demo - Saturday 25 April Assemble 12.30pm Lewisham Southwark College , Waterloo Campus 25 The Cut SE1 8LF

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Wed 15 Apr 2015, 14:30 BST
Issue No. 2449
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