We had a fantastic, inspirational first day of strike action and picket lines this morning were strong at all three centres. Support continued to flood in from across the country as well as donations to our strike fund. Every member of UCU is important in this dispute and we will make sure that all members gets the financial help they need.
Support for our cause across all sections of the community was high. There was amazing solidarity for our picket lines throughout the day, with many people from the community telling us that they are fully behind our action. There were also visits from other UCU branches. You can read some of our brilliant messages of solidarity on Twitter in this Storify
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS sent through this statement of support:
The indefinite strike action by UCU Lambeth members is an inspiration to all trade unionists. Facing an onslaught from the employer, members have united and delivered a strong mandate for action. Lambeth College management should now withdraw their attacks on staff, and realise that negotiations not court injunctions are the way forward. PCS send its solidarity to UCU members for their strike action. Please let me know if there is any practical assistance we can provide. Yours in solidarity, Mark Serwotka
And Lambeth College’s Unison branch sent out this statement giving strong support to UCU members and their strike action and condemning management’s cynical attempts to pit the two unions against each other.
There will be pickets daily throughout the strike from 7am and there will be mass solidarity pickets at Clapham at 7am and 11am this Friday 6th June.
Morale is high and resolve is strong. Come and support us on our picket lines!