Socialist Worker

Strike threat defends jobs at City and Islington College

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2454

Strike action by UCU members was called off on Thursday of last week at City and Islington College after bosses gave a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.

Sean Vernell is a UCU rep at the north London college. He told Socialist Worker, “By standing firm we got a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies. 

“But this week management announced a further round of cuts.

“Alongside nine other London colleges we will ballot members over these cuts, which stem from the government’s 24 percent cut to the adult education budget.”

At Greenwich College in south London students and workers protested against cuts outside the Haimo site on Thursday of last week.

College bosses want to close adult courses to save money.

UCU members voted unanimously this week to ballot for strikes against job cuts. 

The workers hope to coordinate any future action with other London colleges fighting back against cuts.

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