Save Lambeth College!

Submitted by Matthew on 7 May, 2014 - 11:52

Lambeth College workers struck on Thursday 1 May.

Workers are fighting the introduction of reduced terms and conditions for new workers, creating a two-tier workforce at the college, and threats to the terms and conditions of current staff.

An all out indefinite strike by members of the UCU union had been announced. However the bosses at Lambeth College obtained an injunction against that action. The 1 May strike was exempt from the injunction and so went ahead.

The new package of conditions, which include reduced sick pay entitlement, increased hours and reduced holiday, are a national initiative for further education from The Association of Colleges, with Lambeth College the first to try to introduce them. This dispute therefore has national significance.

The attack on terms and conditions runs alongside the sell-off of the Brixton site of Lambeth College. Brixton college is to be reduced by two-thirds its current size. Education Secretary Michael Gove has granted part of the site to Trinity Free School Academy.

UCU have decided to appeal the injunction and a hearing for that will be later this month. A solidarity march has been called for Saturday 17 May. UCU have also decided to reballot.

Unison members at the college have voted 83% in favour of striking.

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