THERE WAS a highly successful strike of lecturers in the Natfhe and ATL unions, and college workers in the Unison union across England and Wales on Tuesday of last week. Socialist Worker received reports from a number of colleges that we couldn't fit in last week:
WEST HERTS College in Watford was successfully picketed. Enthusiasm was considerable due to the joint action taken by the unions. This gave pickets the confidence to confront those who tried to cross. Practically all courses were affected. Both unions need to extend the action.
THERE WERE 60 pickets on the two main sites at Bournemouth and Poole College. Five caretakers resigned from the TGWU union, including the union rep, to join Unison so they could take part in the strike.
PICKETS WERE out in force at Thurrock and Basildon College. Where action was organised and confident the strike was successful.
THE STRIKE was solid in colleges across Bristol. Most were either closed or being opened by management without any teaching taking place.
At lunchtime over 100 members of the Natfhe, Unison and ATL unions rallied outside the main council house. They were joined by firefighters who brought their banner in solidarity.