Lecturers and support staff in London universities are now set to strike on Thursday 14 November over allowances for working in the capital. A meeting of the London region of the Natfhe union, which represents lecturers in the former polytechnics, decided the strike date last Saturday. The AUT union, which has members in the 'old' universities, is balloting for a strike on the same day.
Support staff in the Unison union in the 'old' universities have already struck for one day in September and are now to strike on 14 November, alongside fellow Unison members in the former polytechnics. The united action is a very welcome step forward.
Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions in London are balloting for a one-day strike. Members of the ATL, the most moderate of the TUC-affiliated teachers' unions, are also balloting. That is also a significant step forward in uniting action. The last London teachers' strike on 14 March was extremely successful, but only the NUT balloted for it.
NUT leaders originally named 14 November as the day for the next strike. But as Socialist Worker went to press it was unclear what day school teachers will be out. Activists were arguing to strike alongside the university workers and to hold a big united demonstration. Whether that happens or not, tens of thousands of workers are voting to strike next month.
Council workers in London have already struck over allowances. Local government union activists are arguing to come out again on the same day as the teachers.