25 October 2014
Lambeth College UCU have overwhelmingly rejected the latest offer by management in the ongoing dispute over new contracts. The result of the e-ballot consultation was 92.3 percent to reject the offer, on a 54percent turnout.
The offer on the table would still have left members facing additional teaching hours, loss of 8 days annual leave and dramatic cuts to sick pay.
Since the dispute over new contracts began in March, Lambeth College UCU members have had to vote 5 times on whether or not to continue the fight to defend working conditions. And each time they have shown their unwavering determination to resist not only this unnecessary downgrading of hard-won conditions, but also to resist the use of the anti-trade union laws to undermine their democratic right to strike.
At a branch meeting this week, members re-affirmed their decision to ballot for strike action to get the new contracts withdrawn, or improved to an acceptable level. The ballot will take place over the next few weeks and members are looking to re-commence strike action in December if a new and acceptable offer is not made.
The branch would like to thank everyone for the support, donations and incredible solidarity we have been shown in our dispute so far.
Please keep the messages of support coming in to the branch via Branch Secretary Mandy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth College UCU