Following the excellent result (83% Yes for strike action, on a 58% turnout) in the re-ballot over new contracts, Lambeth College UCU will be taking the first day of strike action next Thursday 4th December. Members have voted continuously throughout this dispute to resist the attacks on their working conditions: the cut of 2 weeks holiday, the massive reduction in sick pay entitlement, extra hours’ teaching time for no extra pay, and more. The strike action taken so far has resulted in some small improvements to the offer made by management. But they do not go far enough. If there is no acceptable offer from management the action will escalate with 2 further days on Tuesday & Wednesday 9th and 10th December, then 3 more days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 15th, 16th and 17th December.
The branch has already seen a big shift in the principal’s recent communications to staff, where he states there will be no imposition of the new contract for existing staff. And members believe that further action can win a victory for everyone – existing and new staff together.
There will be a rally from 12-1pm outside the Clapham Centre at lunchtime. Speakers already confirmed include – John McDonnell MP, Jonathan Bartley (Green Party), Lambeth Unison, ESOL student delegation and more.
Please join us on the picket lines outside each centre from 7am to 7pm, and the rally at lunchtime on Thursday.
After the Chistmas break there will be 2 days of strike action in the first week of January and then 3 days the following week. UCU remains positive that we will be able to reach an agreement which is acceptable to all members on both the existing and new contracts. But if that is not the case then we will be looking to move to indefinite strike action in the 3rd week of January.
Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support and donations in our dispute so far. Please continue to send messages of support to the branch via Branch Secretary, Mandy Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
Lambeth College UCU