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Universities and colleges round-up

Issue No. 2456

Coordinated walkout against cuts at London Met

Workers in the UCU and Unison unions were set to strike together at London Metropolitan University on Thursday of this week.

The workers are fighting plans to slash 165 jobs at the university. The action follows a 24-hour strike by UCU members last month.

Strikers plan to picket from 8.30-11am on the day.

Strike rally, 12-2pm, The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT. Send messages of support to [email protected] and [email protected]

Strike against closure at Lewisham and Southwark College 

UCU union members at Lewisham and Southwark College were set to walkout against cuts and redundancies on Thursday of this week.

Cuts put 312 jobs at risk and will close an entire site of the college. 

Send messages of support to [email protected]

Protest against casualisation at Warwick University

Warwick UCU has called a protest against casualisation for Friday 19 June. Warwick University has one of the highest rates of casualisation in higher education.

Workers are fighting TeachHigher, a recruitment service in Warwick that treats workers as temporary and gives them fewer employment rights.

Protest from 12 noon, Library Rd, University of Warwick [email protected] for more info

Ballots at University of South Wales and Mid Cheshire College

UCU union members at the University of South Wales have backed strikes to stop course closures and redundancies. Workers were meeting to decide their next steps as Socialist Worker went to press.

Mid Cheshire College UCU is balloting for strikes over compulsory redundancies. It ends on 17 June.

Scotland-wide college dispute declared

The first national pay strike for 20 years in Scotland’s colleges took a step closer last week. 

The EIS union declared a dispute after seven months of bosses’ refusal to make an offer to lecturers. The Unison union, which represents support staff, said talks had “all but broken down” and “have become farcical”.

Bosses have been given an ultimatum—present an offer or workers could strike.

National pay bargaining has returned to Scotland’s colleges following a major reorganisation of the sector by the Scottish National Party. It has disguised its £50 million a year budget cuts plan with college reorganisation and mergers. 

The result is there are now fewer students, fewer staff and less money. 

This is not the “end austerity” image the party likes to portray for itself.

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Tue 2 Jun 2015, 15:45 BST
Issue No. 2456
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