Lambeth College Strike in West Yorks

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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.

Then it was off to the Wakefield Union office where we discussed the significance of joint strike action between UCU & Unison. They will approach their finance section to make a donation and had a quick whip around for us. In Leeds we attended the Leeds Unison shop stewards meeting who voted to donate £250 and a collection generated another £72. On to the PCS regional reps meeting, where we were warmly welcomed, another £56 was collected.
Finally, with the little energy we had left, we set up an interesting meeting with the Leeds Met & Leeds University UCU Left members -where we critically evaluated the process of Indefinite strike and how to ensure we, as a collect, remain in control. See link below to the successful strike by Edinburgh – which we should all read. They had collected £100 and donated a further £70 at the meeting. Oh yes, and we gate-crashed a NUT  Leeds meeting, collected more personal donations and received a cheque for £100.
Important Reading
Very tired but over the two days we have collected a lot of money, inspired, been inspired and had a thoroughly good time in Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds. A big cheers to Laura from UCU Bradford branch (NEC) .



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