19 July 2013
Management at Lambeth College have given a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for teaching staff. The guarantee was issued at the day before the planned 1 day strike on Thursday 11th July. This follows months of campaigning by UCU against job losses and against the introduction of a graded appraisal policy.
Unions were in dispute with the college following the announcement of planned cuts of £3 million and potential compulsory redundancies of 42 full-time posts which could have meant 97 members of staff affected.
A community demo was held in Clapham and Brixton on Saturday 15th June in opposition to the redundancies. Both Unison and UCU drafted extensive counter-proposals which would grow the college instead of making cuts but these were rejected. UCU members also balloted for industrial action and voted for a program of escalating strike action.
Following the announcement that the number of compulsory redundancies had been reduced to 7 and that management would resume talks over the graded appraisal policy, UCU responded with a lunchtime strike on Thursday 4th July. This action was well-supported by teaching and support staff across the college as well as the local community.
After the 1 day strike by UCU staff was announced, a guarantee was given that there would be no compulsory redundancies for teaching staff and that talks would begin after summer over the graded appraisal policy.
Industrial action has been suspended and the branch will meet after the summer break to decide if further action is necessary.
Thank you to everyone for all the many messages of support that the branch has received from around the country during this dispute.
Lambeth College UCU