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Strikes in London over adult education funding cuts

Issue No. 2452

College workers in London are preparing for strikes in the wake of the Tory-led government’s cut of 24 percent to adult education funding.

Some 100,000 student places across the capital could now be slashed as a result.

UCU union members at City and Islington College in north London could walk out in a series of strikes later this month. 

UCU members are balloting for strikes at Hammersmith, Hackney and Lewisham colleges, as well as at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (Conel).

The union has called a lunchtime protest against cuts at Conel on Wednesday of this week from 12 noon outside the college.

The UCU’s further education committee voted last week for a motion seeking guarantees for job protection.

It said if bosses did not give this, the union would prepare and coordinate ballots for strikes.

Union members should organise urgent branch meetings and pass motions calling for ballots if bosses won’t guarantee to no compulsory redundancies.

The UCU plans to have a big contingent on the People’s Assembly demonstration against cuts on 21 June in London.

More details on No More Austerity national demo see bit.ly/1hG3Fgz

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Tue 5 May 2015, 15:55 BST
Issue No. 2452
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