Here’s an account from Grace Olowade, who lead a Lambeth College strike delegation on a speaking tour around West Yorkshire this week:
Both Amy & I visited Bradford college’s UCU meeting on Tuesday afternoon, who have experienced similar attacks on their working conditions. We received strong support: they carried forward & passed our motion to show solidarity to our strike along with donating £290 – with more to come.
We then went on to Leeds and spoke with the Retired Members Branch of UCU Yorkshire & Humberside to share experiences, ideas, sound strike advice and they donated £60.
The third visit was to the Yorkshire & Humberside TUC office where we met the regional TUC secretary, Bill Adams, who has promised to circulate our flyers and request donations for our Hardship fund.
We really want to thank Laura who met us at the station and introduced us to so many supporters of our strike around Wakefield and Leeds.
Thank you to all those that made generous donations and shown such great support to our strikers.
On Wednesday we had another busy day of speaking at meetings and visits to different workplaces. In the morning we exchanged solidarity with Wakefield Fire fighters, who are out on their 24 hour strike today over pensions, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service who are presently balloting for renewed strike action in a dispute over workload & contracts.