A big THANK YOU for helping us defend our contracts and our students’ education

Rally - first day of indefinite strike 19.1.15. Pic: Guy Smallman

Rally – first day of indefinite strike 19.1.15. Pic: Guy Smallman

After 42 days of strike action Lambeth College UCU have voted to go back to work after management finally made us an offer that was acceptable. We took strike action to stop a new, draconian contract being imposed on existing members of staff and new starters. Thanks to the determination of our branch, we have ensured that 430 out of 530 staff can now go into work knowing that their terms and conditions are fully protected. The new contract will not be imposed on existing staff. This deal is for all permanent, hourly-paid and fixed-term staff, even if they change their working patterns in the future. This is a magnificent achievement. We did not stop management introducing these new contacts for new staff but we have won a significant concession for them on sick pay in the first year of employment and also won back a week of additional teaching they were being asked to take on.

This could not have been achieved without you. We have received tens of thousands of pounds during the course of the strike. This enabled us to deal with the financial hardships that confronted some of our members, allowing them to stay out on strike and still be able to look after their families.

We were sent thousands of messages of support and photographs of people holding posters showing their support for our strike. Many of us were invited to speak at workplaces all over the country and were greeted with great generosity and kindness. We will never forget this support that was so important in keeping us going when the going got tough.

Please come and help us celebrate the end of our successful strike on Friday 30th January at the Bedford Arms in Balham – see the invitation here.

We will continue to campaign to bring up those new members of staff who are on an inferior contract to the conditions that the majority of staff are on at the college. We will also continue to campaign alongside our sisters and brothers who are fighting similar attacks at Barnsley, Sheffield, CONEL and Lewisham Colleges and in the NHS. We’ll be sending delegations, raising donations, visiting their picket lines and also taking our banner to the national Rage Against Racism demonstration on March 21st.

Many of the senior management team have now resigned. We hope that the new management team will want to work in a more collegiate fashion to enable our college to do what it does best – educate. We borrowed a slogan from colleagues in Edinburgh when they were in dispute last year, ‘The conditions that lecturers teach in are the conditions that students learn in’. From the beginning, every one of us who went on strike over defending our contacts knew that at the heart of this dispute lay the defence of education in our community. We have taken an important step in doing so and we could not have done it without your encouragement and support.

Once again – thank you.

In solidarity

Lambeth College UCU

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Very many congratulations from Athens where I am with a Greece Solidarity CAMPAIGN delegation. Paul Mackney

To all at Lambeth College.
Congratulations and well done to all. This just shows what determined action and solidarity can achieve.
Grant (Edinburgh Uni)

Huge congratulations from South Downs College branch. We are very happy to see that your determination, commitment to students and your fellow lecturers around the country has finally been rewarded. The significance for FE of your struggle should not be underestimated.
Scott Alexander
Membership Secretary
South Downs College Branch

Congratulations to Lambeth on a really important victory. It strengthens all of us in HE as well as FE and will make it easier to win in other disputes. As Sean and others have indicated, it also shows that if you fight you can win, which is a very important message for the USS dispute.
Marion Hersh

Hi Mandy,
This is a very important victory for all trade unionist and goes to show when members take effective collective action on the basis of injury to one is an injury to all and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices, the employers have no answer but to capitulate after holding out for a while.
“One to one” line management tactics of divide and rule breaks down in the face of “one to too many” resistance and in the face of such resistance weakness of the management position was exposed recently when Private Agencies where openly attempting to recruit strike breakers to undermine that resistance: not dissimilar to the tactics employed by Grunwick in days bygone!!
Congratulations to Lambeth Branch Reps and members at Lambeth and elsewhere and all those employed by the union who participated in this struggle of international significance to the trade union movement.
Sen CNWL

Mandy,
Fantastic. Well done to you and all your colleagues for the long battle
you have undertaken and its successful outcome.
bw,
Mary Jennings NEC

Fantastic news Mandy. Congratulations from Queen Mary UCU. As others have said already this is a real credit to you and your colleagues at Lambeth who never gave up and stood up to an aggressive management and put together a really imaginative strategy to win through. We really hope that the staff and students can be left now to get on with teaching and learning. We have sent your message round to our members here. Many are feeling a little despondent over the USS dispute but this news should show them what an effective campaign can achieve even when the odds are stacked against staff.
All best,
Rick Saull
Queen Mary UCU

Dear all
Cliff’s point is extremely important.
This was truly a local battle of national significance, and indeed, cross-sectorally important.
Members at Lambeth have shown that it is possible to fight and win against an extremely aggressive management. What was at stake was all the gains of national and ex-local authority contracts (however watered-down). Management’s excuse was the massive cuts in Further Education being railroaded through by a ConDem government that does not know what FE does, never mind ‘believes’ in it. Down the road in Lewisham Southwark College members face a 25% cut in staff budgets. The fight will go on because of the scale of the cuts.
But this raises a wider question regarding whether we as a union are prepared to adopt a strategy that responds to the scale of the attack. That does not necessarily mean, as in Lambeth, that members will always be prepared to go straight to all out indefinite strike action! But it does mean thinking about how we maximise our political and industrial impact to build up members confidence to the point where they might be capable of surprising us.
Spot the difference with our USS dispute.
Instead of suspending action for negotiations, the branch took action and made management come to them with concessions. Had they conceded at the first offer of negotiations, they would have lost everything.
Finally, and as others have noted, colleagues in Lambeth have had to fight long and hard. It is fantastic they were supported by branches up and down the country, but it is Lambeth UCU Members who have made this happen. They have had to take all out indefinite action, and win the arguments day-by-day. It is incredible to realise that this battle has been going for over half a year, that they have had multiple ballots and several suspensions but they have kept on fighting.
When they have recouped their energies, I think a Victory Tour may be in order.
Congratulations to all,
Sean Wallis
UCL UCU president, UCU London Region HE secretary, NEC member

Great news, Mandy! On behalf of the UCLan UCU Branch Committee, many congratulations to you and your colleagues on Lambeth’s hard-fought victory – a magnificent achievement and a real inspiration to members in every sector of our union.
Michael McKrell Branch Chair UCLan UCU

Congratulations too from the UCU Coordinating Committee at University of Brighton. The determination and fortitude of our Lambeth colleagues has been inspiring and proves that solidarity and good organisation can break even the most hardline of managements. It also reminds us, contrary to the accusation often thrown at us by our managements, that defending our terms and conditions is at the same time a defence of the quality of educational provision.
Mark Abel
Chair, UCU Coordinating Committee
University of Brighton

Well done Mandy – fantastic job – inspirational!
Alan Kenny

What a great result…..please pass on my thanks on behalf of the West Midlands Region Executive.
Brian O’Sullivan

Hi Mandy,The thanks should all go to you and the magnificent union activists in UCU.
I am glad that the UNISON branch contributed to the achievements, and wish we could have got more strike action.
I think that not only have you achieved significant changes for UCU and UNISON members at the college, but what you have done will be an inspiration for college workers all around the country.
It was genuinely one of the most inspiring strikes I have ever seen and look forward to seeing everyone at the social. I imagine that all the UCU members went back with heads held high today, knowing that if anything their branch is stronger than ever.
In solidarity
Dan Jeffries, Lambeth Unison

Hi,
Well done Mandy and the Lambeth branch. I know only too well how much effort you must have had to put in to achieve this result and how difficult things may have seemed at various points along the way – it seems as though your dispute has been with us forever.
You were fighting for all of us. I doubt very much whether any College Principal or indeed University Vice Chancellor will want again (at least not in the near future) to attack a contract and risk the type of campaign you created and sustained.
Cliff Snaith,
UCU London Region Secretary, UCU London Met Secretary

Great news. This speaks volumes to the perseverance and militancy of UCU members at Lambeth College. What a way to bring in the new year.. Ron Mendel, UCU Branch Secretary

Well done to Lambeth UCU – I am going to send the news out to the MMU Branch straight away.
What an inspiration! We have heard enough of won’t fight / can’t fight arguments, and are thoroughly fed up with the marching up and down the hill which we’ve endured. What a pleasure to be able to talk to members about such a tremendous success. We have been following the progress of your dispute and have held several collections.
We were very pleased to welcome your speakers at our last AGM – I do hope you’re going to offer speakers now to talk to us on the strategy you used to win!
Solidarity,
Pura Ariza
Senior Lecturer in Education
MMU UCU Branch Secretary
Faculty of Education
Manchester Metropolitan University

Congratulations and a massive thanks for reminding the whole union that solidarity and resistance can defend education and our jobs Elane (Hackney College)

Congratulations to Mandy (and Julia and Brian who linked up with us in the west midlands) and the branch for everything you have achieved in this inspirational dispute. At a time when members are increasingly overloaded and frightened your branch have shown us all what we can achieve when we stick together.

Rhiannon (Halesowen College)

Particular thanks and congratulations to Lambeth UCU from Chesterfield College UCU.
At the start of this academic year we were faced by a similar draconian contract. The a branch met and resolved unanimously that we would ballot for action if needed. At the first meeting with a brand new principal , who had inherited the contract proposals from the previous regime, he opened the meeting by declaring “We don’t want a Lambeth College situation here” and in effect tore up the contract proposals.
We have ended up with something that looks quite similar to the Lambeth deal , not perfect, but a long way from the original proposals.
James Eaden

Dear Mandy,
Extremely well done to you and the branch.
This is an incredibly important result for all UCU members across both FE and HE as it demonstrates both the importance of fighting local disputes on the basis of their national significance and of having a resolute branch leadership prepared to argue for and pursue the type of decisive industrial action that won the dispute.
I’m therefore extremely glad that you are on our National Executive Committee where you will be in a position to share first hand the type of strategy and tactics that are necessary to win our disputes.
In solidarity
Mark…
Mark Campbell
London Metropolitan University UCU (Chair)

Well done Mandy, Amazing🙂 We will put out a press release welcoming it.
Jonathan
Jonathan Bartley
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Streatham

Mandy and all Lambeth College members
Congratulations. It’s been a cold week to stand on the picket line but your determination and solidarity have won a great victory.
I’ll try and join you at the Bedford Arms
Mike Cushman

Congratulations from Westminster Kingsway Peter Street UCU branch in Soho. Well done Mandy and colleagues! A brilliant fight and a well deserved win In solidarity Fiona

Well done Mandy and colleagues! The brave and inspirational stand taken by UCU at Lambeth College has demonstrated the need for national action to stop the race to the bottom over contracts – the money is there, and if we are going to defend teachers’ pay, terms and conditions, and defend education for our communities, we have to challenge the fatalistic acceptance by union leaders and the labour party that austerity is necessary and inevitable. If they can challenge it in Greece, we can challenge it here – let’s make 2015 a year when the 99% start to take back what is ours!
Jenny Sutton (CONEL)

Hi Mandy,This is a very important victory for all trade unionist and goes to show when members take effective collective action on the basis of injury to one is an injury to all and are prepared to make sacrifices, the employers have no answer but to capitulate after holding out for a while.One to one line management tactics of divide and rule breaks down in the face of one to many resistance.Congratulations to Lambeth Branch Reps and members
Sen (CNWL)

Well done Mandy and all at Lambeth College!You and your branch have been an inspiration throughout your fight and I’m so glad you’ve got the outcome you want. This is exactly the kind of win this union needs to prove that sustained industrial action wins!Unfortunately I won’t be able to make your celebratory drink but have one on the University of Liverpool Branch! We’re made up for you!
In solidarity.Jo.Jo McNeillPresident, University of Liverpool UCU and NEC.

This is excellent news Mandy and evidence that if we stand together in solidarity we can win. May I thank you and your colleagues for standing firm and fighting the draconian contracts Lambeth had planned to impose. Your fight was our fight. We owe a debt to you.
Marian Mayer
Learning Development Lecturer
Chair BU UCU
Faculty of Media and Communication
Bournemouth

Hi Mandy
Congratulations on achieving the settlement at LC at last.
I know it’s not everything that you wanted but you deserve enormous credit for leading the branch throughout the strikes to get to this point
It shows the power of taking decisive industrial action to protect and sometimes extend working conditions for us all
Well done and you can return to work with your heads held high
Please pass on my congratulations to you and the branch as a whole.
In solidarity
Graham Topley

Dear Mandy and strikers,
Really happy to hear that you’ve managed to win a new offer from Slitherman/Silverman.
Miss you all!
David Garrett,
Ex-Lambeth UCU
Florence, Italy

Hi both
My apologies but I can’t get away from work to join you all today on the picket line or rally.
However, I am looking forwards to joining you this evening at the Karabou.
Your strike and fight for your members and the educational opportunities for Lambeth’s working class community has been a beacon for all Trade Unionists and activists opposed to the Tories attempts to make working people pay for the austerity caused by the greed, corruption and self interests of big business, the bbankers and defenders of free market economics.
DPAC has been exceptionally proud to have been able to be a supporter of your strike and on behalf of the DPAC National Steering Committee I am sending you our message of congratulations for your successes in achieving many of your demands.
Your leadership has been a massively important boost to all those fighting against the cuts and attacks on us all and we thank you for all you have done.
More personally, both Sabina and myself would like to thank you for the massively warm friendship and solidarity you and all your members have shown to us at your rallies and on your picket lines.
We will have many more challenges ahead of us in the coming months and years and we are stronger in facing this challenge as a result of your commitment and leadership.
We stand united with you today and in the future.
Fraternal greetings and Solidarity to the Lammbeth College Strikers.
Together we will never be defeated!
See you this evening.
Roger Lewis DPAC

From: President <president@su.arts
Hi Mandy
Congrats on the offer, just read about it.
Is the strike off? We have a donation to the branch regardless. Let me know the best way to get the cheque to you.
Best wishes
Shelly

Dear brothers and sisters,
Our UNITE private sector branch today voted unanimously;-
1. to donate £500 from current branch funds to the Lambeth UCU hardship fund
2. to send a message of support to the UCU members
3. to authorise our UNITE reps to organise an official UNITE workplace branch collection for this UCU hardship fund dependent upon time constraints on the reps and the continuation of the dispute
The cheque from branch funds will be sorted next week, when our treasurer returns to work.
After the meeting , I saw that you have received a new and improved offer.
I hope it is satisfactory.
Either way, good luck to you all.
Richard Milner
Chair UNITE Barclays Workers Branch Northamptonshire

Hi Mandy
Just a note to say good luck with the strike. Please pass on my best wishes and solidarity. Couldn’t make Monday’s rally and will be in India for a couple of weeks but will catch up when I get back.
All the best
Jim Westwood

Dear Mandy,
Best wishes for a positive outcome. Hope the inspection report and your action wins a new principal that cares for the staff, students and community at Lambeth college.
Regards,
Valerie Coultas
Kingston

Hey Mandy
Very best wishes in defending a just cause – don’t let them get away it. We will be supporting the day of action
Mike Keane
CIPS Programme Manager
University Centre at Blackburn College

Subject: Good luck to my ex colleagues at Lambeth
Hope you are successful in your campaign against the new contracts. All the best – Anne Martin
Anne Martin
Lecturer in Counselling
Business & Professional

Dear Colleagues,
Your fight is our fight. You are fighting for us all – as we will be next.
We are planning a meeting here in Canterbury to discuss supporting you all.
Be brave!
Jill Leigh | Equality and Diversity Rep / UCU
University of Kent

Dear Mandy and UCU members at Lambeth College,
We would like to send our support for your action to defend your and our contracts. You are leading a vital battle to defend conditions. Every time a college management force us to accept a worse contract the next college management line up to do the same.
We were told at Bradford College we were above the norm for the sector ; we had to come into line. Every time they win on contracts the line is moved down. Congratulations to you and your members for fighting to hold the line.
In solidarity Bradford College UCU
Geraint Evans Bradford College UCU Branch Secretary.

Hi Mandy
Just want to lend my support to your amazing campaign. You and the rest of the branch are showing
everyone how a true Union should behave which is not everyone for themselves, but as a collective
against inequality and injustice. The same inequalities and injustices faced by all of us.
So I thank you and all your members for your determination and resilience.
God bless
Nita. xx
Nita Sanghera
Lecturer – Access & Community, Bournville College

Hi Mandy Just writing with a message of solidarity and support for your members from Halesowen UCU. We wish you every success as you begin your indefinite strike action in defence of your contracts and conditions across the FE sector. We will be fundraising within the branch and locally, let us know anything we can do to support you.Rhiannon
(Branch Secretary, Halesowen UCU)

Dear Mandy
Please pass on to your members the support of Hull College branch for your strike action as well as my support as President Elect.
I would love to have been there but unfortunately can’t.
Together we’re stronger!
Best wishes
Rob Goodfellow
UCU President Elect
Hull College UCU Branch Secretary

Good luck with your for4hcoming action. Keep strong, we all benefit by your example. Simon chalk northumberland college.

Dear Mandy,
Solidarity in your new round of strike action. I did a quick collection at break today – £45.60 so far – but by the time I got to the Clapham site (at around 1.10) the rally had understandably dispersed. I’ll try to get some more donations and drop them off later in the week to the picket line.
Best wishes,
Andy Stone (NUT rep, St Francis Xavier College)

Dear Mandy
Best wishes to Lambeth UCU for the start of your all out strike action on Monday.
In solidarity
Liz
Dr Elizabeth Lawrence
UCU President

Hi Mandy I hope your brave and continued effects to prevent unilateral contractual variation are successful. You have the best wishes & support of all members at Burnley College. Regards Paul Summerscales Branch Sec Burnley College Co-Chair NW Region

I would like to offer support to staff at Lambeth College for their Strike Action against new contracts.
Mary O’Sullivan

Good Luck Mandy with the campaign, thinking of you all and wishing for a positive outcome to this dispute for you all!
Love to everyone
Laura Few x

Good luck with Industrial action.
Peter Smith

Hi Mandy
I would like to send our support to you and your members from the branch at Blackpool and the Fylde College we truly admire the stand you are taking, we will be sending a donation this week. Please pass on our support to your members.
Tiernan Graber
Acting Branch Secretary UCU
Blackpool and the Fylde College UCU branch.

Dear Mandy,
I’m sure this won’t be the first message of support you’ll have had from SOAS UCU, but nonetheless, letting you know we’re standing with you. I see from the latest UCU campaigns update that Lambeth College is starting indefinite strike action – let’s hope that this concentrates the necessary minds! I’ll try and get down to your picket line as well – at the Clapham Common site?
In solidarity,
Richard Alexander
Campaigns Rep, SOAS UCU

I am a retired member so no longer have to put up with such crap.
All the very best
Gwilym Newnham. retired UCU Branch Sec London College of Fashion

Hi Mandy,
we have just discussed your branch issues here at our UCU Cymru (Wales) Council at Swansea. Just to let you know that we fully support you and your members and hope to approach our members for additional support (hopefully some financial as well).
All the best to you from us here in Wales.
Kind regards,​

Dear Lambeth UCU
It feels like every week I read about your problems in the weekly updates from UCU. What a horrible time you must all be having.
I wish you all the best in trying to reach a good outcome.
David Wilson
Corporate Systems
IT Services
Loughborough University

Dear UCU members at Lambeth College,
This is simply to say that I wish you success and that you will see your demands met. Myself, and I’m sure all my colleagues here at Cardiff, are immensely proud of the way you stand up to injustice. You are right in doing what you are doing.
In solidarity,
Andy

Best wishes to youl all on your industrial action.
Good luck and Bonne Courage to you all.Steve HILL

In solidarity with you and the rest of your members with your indefinite strike action from next Monday
Steve
Steve Mardy
Senior lecturer
Room 312
Northern Film School
Leeds Beckett University

Dear Mandy,
Firstly please pass on solidarity greetings from Barnet UNISON to your striking colleagues. The action you have taken so far has been inspiring and whilst it is great to see workers resisting cuts and fighting for improvements – something we should all be doing, it would also be great if your management woke up and did the right thing!
This coming Thursday and Friday (22nd and 23rd January) our Your Choice Barnet care workers will be on strike for another 2 days against their imposed 9.5% pay cut. I know we are nearly at opposite ends of London but would it be possible for any of your colleagues to visit YCB picket lines Thursday morning and for ours to visit yours on the Friday? I know you have a rally at noon Thursday and I’ll put it to the reps to see if they can send anyone, but bearing in mind there is also a demo in Barnet later in the afternoon, this may not pull off do to the volume of travelling that would entail. I will see what we can do.
Thanks,
Helen Davies
Branch Chair
Barnet UNISON

Hi Mandy
Glad to see that this week’s action is happening and best of luck for next week when you launch another all out strike!
Good on you and the branch as a whole
I’m really pleased to see that there’s a UCU meeting at Canterbury Christ Church next Wednesday evening.I can’t be there myself unfortunately but I’ll make sure as many colleagues in Initial Teacher Training and beyond will be there.
In solidarity
Best wishes
Graham Topley

Dearest Lambeth College
I wanted to let you all know that I am brimming with adminration for the courageous actions you are taking to defend FE in Lambeth. I cannot believe how small-minded and destructive your new Prinicpal’s behaviour is. What does he think he is doing?!!! I worked at Lambeth College a few years back and have watched the progress of the College from afar. The devastating damage that poor management can lead to and in a Borough like Lambeth that is crying out for education for all and not just for those who are taking an academic route through life. What ever happened to second-chance learning?
My heart goes out to you and my thoughts are with you.
Very best wishes
Kate

To Lambeth College UCU
The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Executive Committee of the UCU met on Saturday 10 January and noted your resumption of strike action. On behalf of the Committee I am writing to send you our solidarity and support. Your struggle is our struggle; every successful fight to defend members’ conditions against cuts strengthens and inspires every other UCU branch and member.
In solidarity
Lesley
Lesley McGorrigan
Regional Secretary
Yorkshire and Humberside UCU

Dear Mandy and Lambeth college UCU members,
Bradford College UCU members wish to send their solidarity to yourselves and support your ongoing actions. UCU members at Bradford College were forced to accept a worsening of our contract 18 months ago and are now delivering 50 hours more teaching and have lost 1 week’s holiday as a result of these changes. We are delivering 8% more in productivity for no reward. Work load and the accompanying stress levels have increased as you would expect.
Lambeth UCU members are a great example of resistance who should be applauded and supported.
Best wishes for your ongoing action.
In solidarity
Geraint Evans Bradford College UCU Branch Secretary

Come on Lambeth! We can, will and expect, better treatment by out College management team.
Good luck with the negotiations and , if it comes to an all-out strike, good luck for an early resolution.
Yours in solidarity…
Laura
FE tutor librarian
King’s Road

Subject: It’s War
Doncaster College branch send fraternal greetings. We’ve had another collection and I’ll try to pay it in over next few days.
Love, rodneychallis

Best wishes and good luck to you and all my former colleagues. Happier New Year!
Ian Rogers

Hello. I just wanted to send a message of support. Keep fighting. Don’t let the b*****ds grind you down.
Best of luck…
Stephen James
Dr Stephen James
Senior Lecturer in English
Department of English
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol

Hello Mandy,
Greetings from the West Midlands Region.
At our regional executive next Monday we will be planning how we can raise the maximum funds for your strike fund.
Also a cheque is on its way from Solihull college UCU for your strike appeal and the local branch is grateful for Lambeth showing that there is an alternative strategy to the white flag surrender so recently demonstrated at the Special Conference in Manchester.
Brian O’Sullivan
Chair UCU West Midlands Region

I thought I’d let you all know that I have sympathy with you all and urge you to continue the struggle to win your fight.
In solidarity
Seán Doyle

Dear Mandy,
On behalf of Chesterfield College UCU branch I would like to send your members our continuing support and solidarity, and commend your members for their resolve – you are an inspiration to us all.
Allister Mactaggart
Branch Chair
Chesterfield College UCU

Hi All
Good luck, another attack on workers rights.
Don’t let the buggers win!
Chris.

Dear Mandy,Solidarity greetings from our branches here at Lewisham and Southwark. Wishing you all the best for your strike action today and tomorrow.
Pete B – on behalf of Lewisham and Southwark branches.

Hi Mandy,
Good luck with the strike tomorrow. I may be thousands of miles away in sunny Joburg but I will be thinking about you and really really hope that you win.
All the best
Ian Crosson

Subject: Good luck in your strike
In solidarity
Professor Mike Cole

Good luck with restarting the action. I have sent the collection sheet and request for messages of support to various contacts in Scotland. I will try to get organised to send you some money as well.
Marion

Hello Mandy,
As a new member of the LB Greenwich & Bexley TUC (along with Lynne Windeatt) I would just like to say how proud it makes me feel
to see ordinary people take real action against the unfair, biassed and cruel changes being forced upon our workforce.
Keep Up Your Good Work and let’s keep the pressure on these Tory creeps right up until the General Election when they are chucked out!!!
Solidarity!!
Richard Crook
CWU GLC Branch

Read about your dispute in the Socialist Worker. Great inspiration to all of us seeing a strong group standing up to the robbery that is increasing in momentum. You are setting a great example for all of us to follow.
Colin Frost-Herbert

Mandy,
£35 from teachers at Little Heath school is in the post.
All the best for your fight.
Ben Morris
NUT rep
Little Heath School

Mandy,
I am sure the rally tomorrow will be a success and that the branch will mobilise for next term’s wave of industrial action.
Have a relaxing holiday break, if that is possible.
Ron

Mandy
We support your valiant fight against worsening conditions & contract. We are with you.
Mehdi Husaini
UCU Teesside University Exec

Fantastic you and your comrades are not giving up a injury to one is a injury to all best wishes and seasons greetings from mike archer camborne cornwall

Hi Mandy,
Please pass on my very best wishes to your members who are striking at Lambeth during an inspection. What a bold move! We teachers have ‘played the OFSTED game’ for too long now, hiding the inadequacies of the system and putting on a show for those who seek only to undermine and undervalue us.
Yours in solidarity,
Lianne
(Cardiff)

Dear Mandy,
I was just reading about your strike in the Socialist and laughing to myself. What a brilliant idea – targetting the day Ofsted were due to inspect the school! I used to be a rep in a school myself and can imagine how popular that would have been with my members. Better than a snow day.
Full support and solidarity with you for the dispute.
Ross Saunders
Cardiff Socialist Party

Hi Mandy
On behalf of 950 NUT members in North Somerset we wish you all the best for your strike. As employers in all sectors become more aggressive and hostile your action is an inspiration to all who want to fight Good luck and best wishes
Regards
Jon Reddiford
Division Secretary
North Somerset NUT

Hi Mandy
Just a note to say well done to Lambeth College UCU for organising such a great turnout again and on the solidarity of the strike. Our branch at CLL has already made a collection and we will present the money when your rep comes to City and Islington. We will bring the strike to the attention of the membership again after Christmas (we do not have another meeting scheduled before) and get authorisation for another collection then. Your fight is our fight.
In comradeship
Colin
Colin Jones
U.C.U. Branch Secretary
Centre for Lifelong Learning

Hi Mandy,
please share this message with members of Lambeth College UCU.
Here at the University of Liverpool UCU members loudly applaud your stand against inferior contracts and management aggression.
Your fight is an inspiration to us in our current struggle over the USS pensions scheme.
We are sending cheque for £100 from the Liverpool UCU Network meeting and from the University of Liverpool UCU branch.
We wish you every success and we pledge our ongoing support for the duration of your campaign.
Mark O’Brien
Membership Secretary, University of Liverpool UCU

Keep up the fight! Your struggle is our struggle. Unity is strength.On behalf of Itchen NUT

Solidarity from USDAW C133 branch to all UCU members striking at Lambeth College against a bullying management and for the quality of education there.
Your fight is an inspiration to workers everywhere.
You are striking to win!
Solidarity,
Sasha Simic, USDAW Shop Steward, C133 Central Books branch (pc)

Hi There
I’m the Branch Chair at Bournville College in Birmingham and we want to send you our support with your current problems. We have been there many times before and come through so hang on in there.
Fraternally
Jeannette Droar

Dear Mandy,
Thanks for the report. I trust you and your colleagues will keep the torch of trade union solidarity burning.
In solidarity,
Ron Mendel, UCU Branch Secretary at Northampton University

Hi Dave and Mandy
Greetings and solidarity from Newvic. Unbelievable that SMT at Lambeth are still unwilling to negotiate with you on this issue. We salute your bravery and resolve to strike at this time. Greetings to everyone over there.
Rob Behan

Hi Mandy,
Please pass on our solidarity for your action this week and the campaign you have outlined over the next few weeks and into the new year.
Members were lifted to hear you message of support at our strike rally over a week ago and your invite to speak at your branch branch will be taken up at some point in the near future as we are taking 3 days of action in January.
I note also that CONEL has passed a motion supporting both our disputes and you are right that we should try to link up wherever possible.
The determination of your members continues to be an inspiration to our members and, I imagine, UCU members across the country.
All power to you in your fight back!
Our fight is your fight!!!
In solidarity,
Lee Short
Barnsley College UCU

Subject: In solidarity and admiration
Well done for standing up for the rights and working conditions of what must be the most scrutinised and publically accountable profession (and yet still we are treated as dogsbodies). I was driven out of the profession by predatory managers at my last sixth form post. No longer a teacher but always one at heart. I wish I could be at the picket but you have my profound admiration in the face of your principal and Ofsted.
Lorraine Devereux (ex-NUT rep)

Hi Mandy & David
This is a message of support from The Henley College. We’re thinking of you and hoping you resolve your contractual dispute satisfactorily. A really gutsy move and such opportune timing, given that this coincides with an Ofsted visit.
Good luck
Chim

Subject: Message of support from Edinburgh College
I am writing as EIS-FELA secretary on behalf of the Edinburgh College branch to wish you a successful strike this week. Our experience in an all out strike earlier this year is that solidarity and determination can win against a management bent on altering terms and conditions for the worse. Your fight is part of an on-going defence of the education service we provide, and it goes on north and south of the Border. Ayrshire College is currently involved in strike action to defend contracts and is currently balloting to escalate this. You are not alone.
Good luck!
Penny Gower
Branch Secretary

Subject: Solidarity
Solidarity to all at Lambeth in the struggle from East Norfolk 6th Form NUT.
Good luck with your fight.
Hazel Ryan
Senior Tutor and Sociology Teacher
East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Hi Mandy
Congratulations on your wonderful strike day, we’ll organise collections/donations again here at Lewisham Southwark college. (did you know we’ve changed name again and have thankfully and officially ditched the horrible Lesoco?) So are you striking during Ofsted visit if management doesn’t agree to resuming talks?
All the very best!
Pascale

Dear Mandy,

Congratulations to you and your members. Your branch’s action is a fantastic achievement and provides all our members with the perfect illustration of what is needed if the campaign to protect FE and safeguard both our futures and our students’ futures is going to succeed.

We have a branch meeting next week and we will be asking members to make another contribution to your valiant cause

On behalf of all UCU members at EHWLC greetings of solidarity,

Tim Dalrymple

Dear Mandy

Hackney Community College UCU Branch wholeheartedly supports the Lambeth Strike.

We congratulate you on your successful day of action yesterday and wish you all the best for your future action.

We’ll be collecting next week to support your strike.

All the best,

Rose, on behalf of Hackney Community College UCU Branch

Hi Mandy and fellow comrades

Peter Street Branch of UCU salute you all ! We support you in your struggle !!

In solidarity

Fiona, Cathy and Carolyn

UCU Reps and H and S rep UCU WKC Peter Street ( Soho )

(Message from staff member on new contract):

Hi Mandy,

I wanted to express my thanks for what you and your colleagues did today. I had planned to come out and join you at lunchtime but a colleague with way more experience than me warned me against it and said that management would take a dim view. I can’t afford to risk it unfortunately.

Anyway, I made sure all my students were well aware of why everyone was striking and told them to be supportive and understanding as it was for their benefit in the long run, and that one day one of them might be put in a similar situation.

I hope management see sense soon.

Kind regards

To all our UCU colleagues at Lambeth College:

CONEL members applaud your brave and resolute determination to continue your struggle against horrendous new contracts and send you solidarity greetings on your first day of renewed strike action. You are fighting for us all.

At our branch meeting yesterday, we voted unanimously to take another collection to support your action and will send you the proceeds soon.

Original Message
From: bos1984‎
Sent: Thursday, 4 December 2014‎
Subject: Solidarity from West Midlands
Hi Mandy

Hope you had a brill day. …greetings and solidarity from the West Midlands,
Solihull College and the regional executive.

Brian

Original Message
From: Mendel Ron‎
Sent: Thursday, 4 December 2014
SUPPORT FROM NORTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY BRANCH

Dear Mandy,

The Lambeth College Branch is an inspiration to all UCU members regardless if they work in FE or HE. May the resolve of the branch prove successful in beating back the attack on members’ terms and conditions.

On behalf of the UCU Branch Executive.

Ron

From: Jenny Sutton‎
Sent: Thursday, 4 December 2014‎
Subject: Motions passed at CONEL UCU
‎The following 2 motions were carried unanimously at a UCU Branch Meeting at CONEL (Tottenham) yesterday:

SOLIDARITY WITH LAMBETH AND BARNSLEY COLLEGES

Branch notes:
1 The recent vote by a large majority on a good turnout of UCU members at Lambeth College to continue their brave campaign of industrial action against the imposition of new contracts with seriously worsened terms and conditions.
2 The recent two days of strike action taken by UCU members at Barnsley College against similar new contracts.
Branch believes:
1 That the actions taken at Lambeth and Barnsley are fully justified and deserve all our support and solidarity.
2 That our colleagues at Lambeth and Barnsley are fighting on behalf of FE staff everywhere as management victories at their colleges will encourage employers throughout the sector to go on a similar offensive.
Branch resolves:
1 To reassert our support and solidarity for our colleagues at Lambeth and to offer the same to those at Barnsley.
2 To send messages to UCU branches at the two colleges expressing this support and solidarity.
3 To take a collection at this meeting and afterwards to be shared equally between UCU branches at the two colleges.
4 To send a delegation from this branch with the branch banner to any future picket lines at Lambeth and, if practicable, at Barnsley.

Original Message
From: Lawrence‎
Sent: Thursday, 4 December 2014‎
To: mandybrowncow@yahoo.com
Subject: Good organising for Round two

Mandy,

Send my best to all your colleagues.

Lawrence Wong

Mandy

Sorry but not surprised that you have had to resort to another strike to protect your members terms and conditions.
Our members in BT Openreach are facing attacks on terms and conditions for new entrants.
At our Branch Steering Committee today it was agreed to send another £500 to help UCU members at Lambeth in their fight.

Yours in solidarity

John Gray
C.W.U
Central Counties & Thames Valley Branch
Retired Members Representative.

Dear Mandy,
On behalf of Chesterfield College UCU I would like to send you our continued support for your strike tomorrow, and the escalation of action beyond that date. Your ballot result demonstrates the excellent resolve of your members and is an inspiration to all of us in FE who are fighting against the worsening of terms and conditions.
We wish you well for your rally and we’ll be following your actions closely.
In solidarity,

Allister Mactaggart
Branch Chair, Chesterfield College UCU

Dear Mandy

Dudley National Union Teachers sends its heartfelt solidarity as you resume your fight at Lambeth College. Please keep as up to date as you are able with developments and if members are visiting the West Midlands in delegations to raise support, please let us know.

In solidarity
Martin Lynch
Joint Secretary
Dudley NUT

Dear Mandy,

I only learned last evening (Tuesday) that strike action is set to go ahead this Thursday in your long-running battle with Lambeth College management over the introduction of drastically worse employment contracts.

It’s very encouraging to see that you and the UCU branch’s leadership have been able to sustain a fighting spirit over the course of the past several months since the indefinite action in the summer term. Both the turnout in the recent ballot and the overwhelming ‘yes’ to action after enforced delays indicate an inspiring level of determination among UCU members at Lambeth.

Unfortunately, due to relatively short notice and other commitments on Thursday afternoon, I think it unlikely that I’ll be able to attend the rally planned for the Clapham site between 12 noon and 2.00 PM, but on behalf of Camden UNISON I send our best wishes for a strongly support, very effective strike on Thursday 04 December. Needless to say, please try to keep us informed of developments and I’m sure that the branch will be more than willing to offer further financial support should the dispute continue into the new year.

In solidarity,

George.

George Binette
Camden UNISON Branch Secretary

Hi Mandy
Sending solidarity greetings for the strike on Thursday.
Best wishes
Sue Abbott
UCU NEC
Northumbria Univrsity Equality officer

Hi Mandy
Please pass on a message of Solidarity for your strike action on Thursday from Cambridge Regional College Branch and also Eastern & Home Counties Regional Committee of which I am secretary of both.

Also att. is something I have been doing with a local arts group I am apart of as a bit of protest fun which is making use of all the now unused tax disc holders on peoples cars to make a statement. There is one att. specially for your members and another just to give you an idea of how else we have been using them.
I’m sure it would be good if every car in your car park has a Support Lambeth UCU Tax disc🙂

All the Best
In Solidarity
Pete Monaghan

Hi Mandy,

We wish all the best to our comrades at Lambeth in their continuing struggle.

You have set a magnificent example in standing up to bullying management.

In solidarity,

Helen MacCarthy
UCU Branch Secretary
University of Hull

Dear Mandy,

I can’t be with you on the picket line this Thursday but I wish the branch every success in its campaign. Your victory will be a victory for all UCU members, and will inspire trade unionists everywhere in their fight against worsening conditions.

in solidarity

Ken Jones

Ken Jones
Professor of Education, UCU member
Educational Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

Original Message
From: Gemma Short ‎
Sent: Friday, 28 November 2014 ‎
Subject: Message of solidarity and request for information‎
Mandy,

I wanted to convey my solidarity to you and your members at Lambeth college. As a recently ex-teacher and NUT member I fully support your fight to better conditions to enable you to give a better education to the young people you teach.

In solidarity,
Gemma

Original Message
From: Anthony Hodges ‎
Sent: Thursday, 27 November 2014‎
To: mandy brown‎
Subject: Dec. 4th

Dear Mandy – best of luck with your renewed strike action. I’m having the double-glaziers in on Thursday so will not be there but I’ll be there in spirit!

tony

Original Message
From: Williams, Geoff‎
Sent: Thursday, 27 November 2014

Dear Mandy and comrades at Lambeth College

Please pass on my solidarity and support for your excellent campaign which I see is already showing results. As well as what it means to your members it is also sending an important message nationally to all members and particularly our leaders, that determined industrial action gets results.

Very best wishes and solidarity

Dr Geoff Williams
UCLUCU Exec committee and ex Co-President

UCL
Chandler House

From: Jean Crocker‎
Sent: Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Subject: All support to Lambeth‎

All support to Lambeth

Jean Crocker

Original Message
From: tudor.morgan ‎
Sent: Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Good luck to you all. An example for everyone.

From: James Ackroyd
Sent: Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Cc: Angie Birtill; Ewa Suchorska; John O’Brien; Carol Kinahan; Kate Turney; Angela Roberts
Subject: Lambeth Ballot

A great result in your ballot and a real indication of the strength of feeling in you branch against the new contracts that your management are trying to force on you regardless of the effect they have on staff moral and how unfair and divisive they are.

Keep up the good work and South Thames College UCU Branch are behind you.

Regards,

James Ackroyd
Branch Chair

Just heard the news that Lambeth College workers have voted for more action. Solidarity with your continued struggle for our education system and against Silverman and the privateers.

VICTORY TO THE LAMBETH COLLEGE WORKERS!

Mark Dunk,
Unite member and Unite the Resistance steering group.

Dear Mandy,

On behalf of the UCU Branch at the University of Winchester I want to convey our congratulations for your successful ballot and wish you all the best for your struggle to preserve decent working conditions at Lambeth College.

All the best,

Mick Jardine
Branch Chair
University of Winchester

In solidarity Mandy with your 83% Yes for strike action, on a 58% turnout

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Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
Leeds Beckett University
Electric Press Bld
1 Millennium Square
Leeds LS2 3AD

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From: Angie Birtill
Sent: Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Subject: STC

Well done Lambeth on your great results.

In solidarity

Angie Birtill
Trade Union Studies Centre

From: Mendel Ron

Mandy,

The ballot result is a credit to the branch’s hard work and signifies the determination and anger among members against management’s actions.

Good luck in your campaign.

Ron

Hi Mandy,

This is Tony Brown from UCL UCU writing in a personal capacity to express my solidarity and to say: well done! (Especially given the long break over the summer and the threats to withdraw courses from the management side.)

Hope to get a message from our branch soon.

Best regards,
Tony.

Dear Mandy
I support your fight against attack on conditions of service
Keep you fight
With best wishes
Mehdi Husaini
Teesside University UCU

Hi Mandy, and all UCU members at Lambeth College.

I just want to offer you congratulations on your determination to.stand up to bullying management yet again. You have my full support. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

Yours in solidarity

Saira Weiner
National.Women’s Rep, NEC

Dear Mandy,
Congratulations to everyone at Lambeth for the excellent result and your determination to fight for your rights. As has been said before and will be said many times, your fight is our fight, and that includes those of us in HE, not just in FE.
Marion

From: elane heffernan
Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014

Well done.. brilliant result in the face of being forced to ballot to death!

Hey Mandy

Great news about your strike ballot result!!

Solidarity from Creative Arts at Tower Hamlets College

Your Fight is Our Fight!! ❤️👍

Hi Mandy

just to say good luck to you and your colleagues at Lambeth

Best Wishes
Nicky C
CALAT Branch

Hello Mandy –

I have just heard that UCU members at Lambeth College have voted to take further strike action against your bullying bosses. Well done.
Solidarity from USDAW C133 branch.
Your fight is our fight.

Best Wishes

Sasha Simic
USDAW C133 Central Books branch

Dear Mandy

congratulations to you all what a result please let us know what we can do to show our solidarity.

Best yours in struggle –
Tony Sullivan university of the arts London UCU Co-ordinating ctte chair

From: Veronika Johnson
Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014
Cc: UCU Camden Branch Committee
Subject: Ballot result For Strike Action

Well done Mandy and Lambeth UCU!
Regards

City and Islington Branch Committee

From: Bruce McClure
Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014
Subject: Sending my support

Hi Mandy

As a former Lambeth tutor I’m wishing Lambeth colleagues all the best for the forthcoming strike and the campaign to maintain working conditions.

In solidarity.
bruce

Dear Mandy,

I am Treasurer and Social Sciences & Law Rep for UCU at Oxford Brookes.

I met some of your colleagues back in the summer when you came to our Branch Meeting. I wish to express our continued support for the struggle you are having at Lambeth College.

Are you still in need of donations to your strike fund and if so could you confirm who we might send a cheque to from our branch?

In solidarity,

Stephen.

Dr. Stephen Hurt
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
IR, Politics & Sociology Programme
Department of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University

Hi Mandy and all colleagues at Lambeth College,

On behalf of all of the A4e Prison Branch staff, I would like to send you our warmest and most loyal support for your actions against your employer. We know only too well the struggle that you are involved in and wish you luck in your fight/campaign.

Yours in UCU
For and on behalf of A4e Prison Branch

Steve Boyce

From: Richard McEwan
Sent: Monday, 3 November 2014

We will raise a collection! Good luck. Thc.

Hi Mandy,
That is a good result. Well down to everyone working so hard in your branch. I am sure that your determination will win through.

Loraine

HI Mandy

Well done to all of you at Lambeth. We are having a committee meeting tomorrow to relaunch the collections and a branch meeting the following week. Will let you know details to get speaker down for it. Please pass on our solidarity

Cheers
Margot Hill
Branch sec
Croydon college

Brilliant result Mandy. Let’s hope this sends a strong message to the bosses that they don’t always get their own way! I have asked out branch Secretary, Joe Clancy, to send you a solidarity message on behalf of our Branch. (I myself am still on the Committee but no longer Branch Secretary).
Phil (City of Westminster Col UCU).

Hi Mandy,

We are with you and your member and support fully your determination to resist attacks on your working conditions and hope those who did not get to vote for one reason or other and those few who voted against will also join in with the overwhelming majority decision to take action.

History has shown that those who remove themselves from the majority position, are the ones, quite often, that management targets first.

Thank you for your support with our campaign to get Michael re-instatement, the fight continues.

Cheers
Sen

Hi Mandy,

Wishing Lambeth UCU solidarity from all of us here at Hackney Adult Education.

All the best

Naina Kent
Adult Education
Hackney Learning Trust UCU

Well done Lambeth UCU. Please let us know at THC how we can continue to support your fight.

Barbara THC.

Hi Mandy,

This is a great result. Let me know how London Met UCU can support your strike days. Will it be all out indefinite or just certain days.
Much support to you all.

Cheers,
Christina

Outstanding result. Well done to Lambeth UCU. Rich THC

This is excellent news, Mandy. Congratulations and solidarity to all of you from all of us.

Jake
On behalf of CONEL Tottenham Branch

Hi Mandy,
Sending solidarity and support from Bromley College.
Vibeke J

Hi Mandy,
Please pass on our solidarity for your action this week and the campaign you have outlined over the next few weeks and into the new year.
Members were lifted to hear you message of support at our strike rally over a week ago and your invite to speak at your branch branch will be taken up at some point in the near future as we are taking 3 days of action in January.
I note also that CONEL has passed a motion supporting both our disputes and you are right that we should try to link up wherever possible.
The determination of your members continues to be an inspiration to our members and, I imagine, UCU members across the country.
All power to you in your fight back!
Our fight is your fight!!!
In solidarity,
Lee Short
Barnsley College UCU
Well done for standing up for the rights and working conditions of what must be the most scrutinised and publically accountable profession (and yet still we are treated as dogsbodies). I was driven out of the profession by predatory managers at my last sixth form post. No longer a teacher but always one at heart. I wish I could be at the picket but you have my profound admiration in the face of your principal and Ofsted.

Lorraine Devereux (ex-NUT rep)


Hi Mandy & David

 

This is a message of support from The Henley College. We’re thinking of you and hoping you resolve your contractual dispute satisfactorily. A really gutsy move and such opportune timing, given that this coincides with an Ofstedvisit.

 

Good luck

Chim

Hi to all at Lambeth College

Solidarity to you with great admiration for your principled fight. Keep it up we’re all behind you.

Graham Korn, NUT Rep.

I am writing as EIS-FELA secretary on behalf of the Edinburgh College branch to wish you a successful strike this week. Our experience in an all out strike earlier this year is that solidarity and determination can win against a management bent on altering terms and conditions for the worse. Your fight is part of an on-going defence of the education service we provide, and it goes on north and south of the Border. Ayrshire College is currently involved in strike action to defend contracts and is currently balloting to escalate this. You are not alone.

Good luck!

Penny Gower
Branch Secretary

Hello Mandy

 

The very best of luck with your efforts to stop the erosion of lecturer contracts.

 

Mike Keane

 

CIPS Programme Manager

University Centre at Blackburn College

Solidarity to all at Lambeth in the struggle from East Norfolk 6th Form NUT.

 

Good luck with your fight.

 

Hazel Ryan

Senior Tutor and Sociology Teacher

East Norfolk Sixth Form College

May I offer you and your members support in your courageous fight against your oppressive dictator.

You will reign supreme and the evil ogre will be ousted.

God bless you all. xx

Nita

Nita Sanghera
Lecturer – Access & Community
| Bournville College, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham

Hi,

I am sure you will gets lots of emails of support for your action.

As chair of the SW Retired members branch can I add our branch support too.

Jo Corke
Stand your ground, Lambeth! It’s very important to feel supported as we who were made redundant at City Lit last summer were by our friends and colleagues in UCU.  We’re behind you.
Viv Pegram  (ex City Lit tutor made redundant after 25 years)
Sent from Windows Mail

 

Dear Lambeth College UCU,

 

I am writing to offer moral support for your dispute, which has implications for all of us. Keep up the good work.

 

Best wishes,

 

Catherine

 

Dr Catherine Boyle

Senior Lecturer in Communication Skills Development

Student Services/Skills for Learning

London South Bank University

I am emailing you to express my support for you in your fight against Lambeth College’s introduction of inferior contracts for new staff and in your campaign against these contracts that cut holiday entitlement, reduce sick pay and introduce longer working week.
Good Luck and in solidarity

Professor Carl Chinn

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THIS WEEK : Rally Monday, Public Meeting Wednesday

Sally Hunt - UCU General Secretary showing support on the picket line

Sally Hunt – UCU General Secretary showing support on the picket line

Lambeth College UCU members are counting down to the indefinite strike which starts this Monday 19 Jan. We invite you all to join our lunchtime rally on Monday 19th January at 12 midday outside the Clapham Centre, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham Common tube station (northern Line). UCU Head Office will be sending a speaker. We are also asking you to come along and support the Public Meeting we are hosting: * ‎Fighting Institutional Racism. Wed 21st Jan 6.30 – 8.30pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham. Road, Brixton. Lambeth College hosts a Public Meeting with Professor Gus John and Dr. Colin King, a Lambeth College staff member who was sacked over the Christmas holidays. Many of you will know Colin as ex-Chair and Equality BME rep at Lambeth who has written books on Race Equality and taught at Lambeth College for 15 years. Please come along and circulate the flyer here:

Resisting institutional racism flyer

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Update – January 9th

Lambeth College UCU are continuing their determined opposition to the introduction of new contracts with inferior conditions.

This week’s 2 days of strike action has been very solid. We’ve had visits to the picket lines from UCU President Dr. Liz Lawrence, our own Dr. Colin King who was dismissed during the holidays, students and lecturers from UCU and the Students Union at the University of Arts, UCU member from City University, Linda Smith from the Fire Brigades’ Union, Lambeth Unison, to mention a few.

Next strike days are Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January. ‎If no resolution next week, we will move to indefinite strike action from Monday 19th January.

Since our Ofsted inspection a few weeks ago, nothing has been indicated to staff about the overall grade at all, and ‎several members of the senior management have resigned. These departures, combined with the deafening silence about the overall Ofsted grade, and the escalation of industrial action, indicate the level of instability which now surrounds the principal. We hope that this will result in the college engaging in meaningful talks with the unions, aimed at ending this dispute.

We have organised a number of activities to help win the dispute. Please join us and publicise far and wide:

  • Teach-ins We are running very successful teach-ins at off-site venues for students and we need more space! Please email us if you are/ know a TU or organisation that can provide a room or space in Brixton, Vauxhall or Clapham.
  • PLEASE NOTE The lobby of Chuka Umunna’s surgery and hand-delivery of letter will now take place next week. Details to follow  ‎
  • Join the mass rally ‎on Monday 19 Jan – 12 midday – outside the Clapham Centre to launch the indefinite strike. Sally Hunt has been invited to speak.‎
  • Wednesday 21 Jan 6.30pm – 8.30pm – Come to the Lambeth College UCU-hosted Public Meeting on Fighting Institutional Racism. At the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton with Gus John. Full speaker list and flyer coming shortly
  • John McDonnell MP has raised an ‘Early Day Motion’ in parliament on the Lambeth College dispute. Join the social media + letter-writing campaign to get other MPs to sign it, so we can get the debate raised in parliament. The EDM number is 677 and its title is Lambeth College Industrial Dispute
  • Invite us to speak at meetings.
  • Join the National Demonstration in support of Lambeth College called by the National UCU office, end of January. Details out soon.
  • Come to our benefit gigs. We have 2 fundraisers booked : Friday 30 Jan at the Bedford Arms in Balham and Friday 13 Feb at the Bread + Roses in Clapham.
  • Write to the Chair of Governors and ask why management are not talking to the unions to negotiate an end to the dispute : Mary McCormack ‎
  • Send donations and messages of support to Branch Secretary at mandybrowncow@yahoo.com
  • Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/savebrixtoncollege‎
  • Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/LambethStrike‎

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Ready for January

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Rally outside the Clapham Centre

This 2nd round of strike action over new contracts has been fantastically solid thanks to all members participating in the strike and the solidarity from supporters round the country. And the term was rounded off with style and spirit at yesterday’s successful and well-attended lunchtime rally outside the Clapham Centre – Jeremy Hardy spoke about how important our strike was; student support continues to grow and a student from the Clapham Centre spoke in support of teachers and the strike.

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Comedian and local resident Jeremy Hardy

UCU National Office has increased the daily strike pay amount from £50 to £75 and we continue to receive more donations every day. Yesterday we had £1400 worth of cheques delivered to the rally at Clapham, and speakers who went to City and Islington College received collections of £550. On Tuesday speakers raised over £100 from local Unison workplaces and last week we received more than £600 in collections from the FEC special conference, donations brought to the Brixton picket line and cheques sent from workplaces round the country.

The branch remains united and focussed on what we are aiming to achieve.  We have signalled that we are open to talks and it is very disappointing that management are still refusing to speak to the unions to try to end the dispute.‎

We are shocked that the principal is maintaining his ‘no capitulation’ stance. It’s not helpful for anyone, especially students who are affected by the disruption to classes. It is ultimately his responsibility as principal to find a way forward by sitting down with the unions. The college governors should be asking why he is not willing to do this.

We will continue to receive student support next year and have a meeting planned with UCU HQ in the first week back to discuss further support such as national demo, press campaign, etc. On top of the increase to £75 a day strike pay and the constant flow of donations to our hardship fund, we are more than ready to keep up the pressure in January should we need to.

Follow us

Ø on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/savebrixtoncollege
Ø on Twitter https://twitter.com/LambethStrike

Best wishes
Lambeth College UCU

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Rally 17th December, Clapham

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Rally this Wednesday 17th December

Today saw the start of 3 more days of strike action in Lambeth College UCU’s campaign against new contracts with worse conditions. Today striking workers from the Defence Support Group spoke at our rally; find out more about their campaign by following @DSGstrike on Twitter.The branch has called a mass lunchtime rally‎ at 12pm, jointly with Unison, this Wednesday 17th December, outside the Clapham Centre, to mark the end of this term’s industrial action and to mobilise for next term. Comedian Jeremy Hardy has confirmed attendance.

Please send delegations and banners, and circulate far and wide‎.

Thank you for all the continued support, solidarity and donations.

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Staff and students on the picket line – Lambeth College strike update

Picket line at Brixton today

Staff and students on the picket line at Brixton today

Today saw the 2nd strike day in the second round of our campaign against the new contracts. And yet again the support has been tremendous. Around forty students joined the picket lines at Brixton as part of today’s student strike against ESOL learning conditions. We also had an early morning visit by the President of the TUC, Leslie Manasseh. He expressed his support for our cause and has pledged to contact the principal urging him to talk to the unions to put an end to the dispute.
Again the strikes were fantastically solid across the college. More strikers are beginning to join us and new members are joining UCU. This building of momentum shows that the branch is angry about the new contracts but also angry that the principal will still not negotiate with the unions.
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Student strike

Staff have been brought in to cover classes, but 1 of the temporary staff walked out yesterday when they realised they were being asked to break the strike. They refused to cross our picket line, contacted the TUC and got a message of support through to the branch.
Tomorrow we will have picket lines as usual at all 3 centres from 7.30am onwards, followed by a rally outside the Clapham Centre at 11.30am.
Please join us to hear about the week’s events and catch up on the latest strike news.
See you all tomorrow
Best wishes
Lambeth College UCU

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