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Second union joins the Chesterfield College jobs fight

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Issue 2358
Protesting against cuts at Lambeth College, south London

Protesting against cuts at Lambeth College, south London (Pic: Mandy Brown)

Workers at Chesterfield College struck on Tuesday of this week against compulsory redundancies. They were set to strike again on Thursday.

The walkout followed a strike by UCU union members on 6 May. 

This week’s action also involved NASUWT union members, who voted for strikes last week.

Sam Parker is a UCU rep at the college. “We’ve had a solid picket today,” she told Socialist Worker.

“There are husbands and wives here who have worked here 30 years. The threat of job cuts is having a devastating impact.

“How can you have an interview for a job you are already doing?

“I’m in a redundancy pool and was meant to have an interview today but I refused to cross the picket line.”

Chesterfield lecturers also joined the march for Lambeth College on Saturday (pictured).

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Lecturers at Kirklees College in west Yorkshire were set to strike on Thursday of this week to defend jobs, pay and conditions.

Six workers face compulsory redundancy while almost 60 face pay cuts of up to £12,000 a year. Management also want to impose attacks on terms and conditions.

UCU union members backed strikes by 79 percent and action short of a strike by 92 percent in a recent ballot.

UCU members at Grimsby Institute have voted by 96 percent for strikes over job cuts, and attacks on pay and conditions. They backed action short of a strike unanimously. 


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