Lambeth College to take indefinite strike action

I’m reposting this message from Lambeth College branch here. This is a really important dispute with severe consequences for not just the staff and students there but if the management get away with it, knock on effects for all of us. The branch are taking a brilliant stand against this, please do everything you can to support.

At yesterday’s packed branch meeting, UCU members voted unanimously to take
indefinite strike action from Thursday May 1st against new contracts which have been imposed.

On Thursday 1st May, in addition to picket lines at the Brixton and Vauxhall Centres, there will be a Mass Picket at 7am outside the Clapham Centre, 45 Clapham Common Southside (Clapham Common tube station, Northern Line) to which
we invite all trade unions.

There will be a solidarity strike rally at 6pm in the evening, at the Karibu
Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton, called by Lambeth College UCU, Lambeth College Unison and London Region UCU. We’ll be serving hot food, and there’ll be placard-painting activities for children. All donations welcome! A flyer and collection sheet will be sent round shortly.

Lambeth College Unison are currently balloting for strike action and hope to be joining us when their ballot closes.

The new contracts affect new staff, current staff who are promoted or wish to change their fraction and will also affect current hourly-paid staff. In
addition management documents state that the new contract of employment may be rolled out across the board for all existing staff.

New contracts include:

Increased working hours
Extended working week
Annual leave cut by 2 weeks
Increased contact hour time by 1 hour
Additional duties for no remuneration
A link between pay increments and capability
Reduced notice of redundancy
Drastically reduced sick pay

Please send messages of support to Branch Secretary, Mandy Brown, at
mandybrowncow@yahoo.com.

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