Further education lecturers in England are set to strike on 10 November over pay. The UCU union members voted by nearly 74 percent for strikes after bosses announced a pay freeze.
Workers are fighting for a rise of £1 an hour for all.
A motion passed at the union’s further education committee last Saturday agreed that “further targeted action” would be needed to win concessions.
It resolved to protest at the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation in central London on 10 November. But many workers rightly want the pay fight to be part of a struggle to defend education.
A statement from the UCU Left, which Socialist Worker supporters are part of, said the union has failed “to build a mass campaign to defend the sector or to convince members angry about pay that we can win”.
But the strike vote reflects workers’ anger—and their willingness to fight back.
As the Tories plan to announce more cuts next month, activists must urgently pile pressure on the union to lead a fight that can win.