26 June 2014
In March UCU members at Lambeth College voted overwhelmingly to take indefinite strike action in protest at new contracts being brought in by management for new staff. These contracts included loss of 2 weeks’ holiday, cuts to sickness pay and extra working hours for no extra pay. These changes leave new employees working longer hours than all but three of London’s 38 further education colleges.
If Lambeth College management are allowed to continue with these attacks on staff working conditions it will set a dangerous precedent for the Further Education sector and more widely. Part of the college management’s defence of the contracts has been that they are for only new staff however their consultation document states “it is envisaged that the new contracts may be rolled out for existing staff”. Management have also announced that they cannot guarantee “protection” from the new contracts for existing staff after 31.8.15.
Lambeth College is a community college. It has been serving the community for many years providing a second chance to those who did not succeed in gaining the qualifications they desired at school and giving people from all parts of the community a chance to learn and improve their skills. The conditions that teachers teach in are the conditions that students learn in.
Solidarity collections and offers to speak at trade union and movement events have been flooding in.
Picket lines are up from 7am onwards each day at the Brixton, Vauxhall and Clapham sites.
• Rush messages of support and urgent requests for speakers to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Rush collections to: Mandy Brown c/o Lambeth Trades Council, Hambrook House, Porden Road, London SW2 5RW Please make cheques payable to J. Eldon and send to Mandy Brown at the address above. Bank details: Halifax • Account name: J Eldon • Sort code: 11-01-07 • Account number: 11242869
More information at http://lambethcollegestrike.wordpress.com/