Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ballot re-opens and 7th October demo

UCU members at Lambeth College voted 2 weeks ago to ballot for further strike action in their dispute over new contracts. Despite repeated attempts by the branch to get management to talk to the unions since the strike was stood down in July, there have been no further talks yet and no improvement on the last offer. Instead management are delaying talks which the branch sees as an attempt to block any further action being taken this term. The ballot opens on Monday 29th September and closes on 13th October.

The new contract includes 2 weeks’ cut in holiday, drastically reduced sick pay entitlement and working longer hours, and would see our members working one of the longest working years in London. The college has not been able to provide any educational or financial justification for these changes. Yet, while citing a need to reduce staff costs, and while staff have not received a pay rise for the last 5 years, the principal awarded himself a 13% pay rise, which amounts to an additional income of £17,000 per year.

London Region UCU has called a demonstration in support of our dispute on Tuesday 7th October from 5pm onwards, outside Lambeth College, Clapham Centre (Clapham Common tube, Northern Line). We are asking all colleges and universities to send a delegation and banner.

The branch sends thanks to everyone again for the fantastic solidarity received from round the country and the incredible donations totalling over £40,000. Our members have so far shown strong determination in the fight to oppose the introduction of worse terms and conditions and will be counting on your continued support as we move into the next round.

Messages of support will be a big boost for our Yes Vote. Please send to mandybrowncow@yahoo.com

Keep updated with our activities at lambethcollegestrike.wordpress.com

Best wishes
Lambeth College UCU

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The fight continues

Lambeth College UCU members met last night and voted overwhelmingly to ballot for further industrial action in their dispute with the college over new contracts with worse conditions. The new conditions include cutting our holidays by 2 weeks, working longer hours for no extra pay and drastic cuts to sick pay.

UCU members are very disappointed that the college management have still not met with the union for further talks, despite repeated requests following the standing down of the 5 and a half weeks of indefinite strike action last term. Therefore the position for members remains the same and last night they made it clear they are prepared to ballot for more industrial action to prevent the worsening of conditions inside the college.

Since returning to work, staff in the college have been threatened with a fresh wave of attacks including punitive changes to the lesson observation policy and the removal of trade union rights. UCU members also have very serious concerns about the equality impact of college policies on BME staff and are calling for an urgent investigation. Members voted to ballot for industrial action if the changes to the lesson observation process, which could lead to an increase in stress, workload and dismissals, are not withdrawn.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported us and made donations to our strike fund. The solidarity we have received nationally has been unbelievable and we hope to be able to count on your continued support as we move into the next phase.

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