This strike is massive – 13 days in and numbers on the picket lines are as solid as ever, no one has gone back to work. The college’s Unison branch is coming out next week for three days from Tuesday as part of their programme of escalating action. There will be a joint union rally outside the Clapham campus on Tuesday at 11am.
Our meetings have shown that members are united behind our position of wanting the attacks on our terms and conditions in the new contracts withdrawn. We will not back down, we will not go away. This has to be sorted out through negotiation.
To reiterate, we want to sit down and negotiate to get this resolved. We believe that we can show the college that the draconian changes in the new contract are simply not necessary to protect the college.
Sadly the principal is still refusing to take the contracts off the table despite our offer, if he were to do so, to stand down the strike and set up a framework of meaningful talks aimed at addressing the issues underlying the new contracts such as flexibility and sickness.
It is disappointing that after hearing about the principal’s 13% pay rise last year, the college still wants to cut people’s sick pay and holiday entitlement and increase their working hours and duties.
Today we saw a Jewellery making workshop for learners on the picket line and we heard various students talking both about their frustration at the situation and their support for the staff and what this action is trying to achieve.
Our student petition is another display of learners’ support for the strike. At a lively lobby of the college governors, we presented the petition inside our giant ‘no free lunch’ sandwich (pictured above). In case you missed the story, college management has been trying to lure lecturers back to work with the promise of a free sandwich (!?!). Frankly we’d prefer that they came to talk to us instead.
Saturday 21st June
Tuesday 24th June
Unison and UCU joint rally outside Clapham campus – 11 am.
Wednesday 25th June
Friday 27th June
Special conference – What is Further and Adult Education for? Lambeth College UCU and UNSION invite you to attend a conference to discuss how we can ensure that we protect and expand Further and Adult Education. More details here: Special conference – 5/7/14 What is Further and Adult Education for?
Date to be announced
How to help
Remember you can support the strike by:
- Making a donation to our hardship fund: – we’ve raised over £17,000 so far and the donations keep rolling in – every little helps
- Signing our petition here – like the hardship fund, it’s growing everyday
- Coming down to the picket lines outside the Clapham, Brixton and Vauxhall campuses and saying Hello or stopping for a chat
- Writing to the principal at email@example.com
- Following us on Facebook and Twitter
- Subscribing to this blog
- Invite a speaker to your workplace – add a comment on this post and someone will get back to you to arrange.