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Paisley lecturers strike win

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Issue 2344

Lecturers at Reid Kerr College in Paisley have won a pay rise after striking.

The EIS/Fela union members struck after management refused to offer them a pay rise. 

They have now won a 

1 percent rise along with other improvements. 

John Kelly, EIS branch secretary at the college, said, “The changes are taking place instantly, with our pay rise backdated to August. The strike was clearly a success.

Lecturers at London Metropolitan University have called for a ballot for action against job cuts.

The UCU union members met on Thursday of last week. 

Rob Murthwaite is a UCU member at London Met. 

He told Socialist Worker, “The vote for a ballot was unanimous.

“Management wants to sack half of the academic staff in the business school. There was a solid and determined mood to fight.

“Senior management has mooted the idea of breaking from the union’s agreed national terms and conditions. 

“That would be a massive assault.”

Lecturers are now waiting for UCU to sanction a ballot.

Meanwhile London Met staff governor Jawad Botmeh was reinstated this week. The fight to reinstate Max Watson and Steve Jefferys continues.

Essex University UCU activists joined the national day of action against casualised contracts on Wednesday of last week. 

They asked staff and students to be photographed with the slogan Stamp Out Casual Contracts. 

Several part-time and fixed term contract staff came to talk, and one joined the union. 

Dan Swain

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