Yesterday’s strike by UCU members at Lambeth College was an outstanding success, and we congratulate everyone who took part. It was a brilliant day and showed that the resolve and the unity of the branch remains as strong as ever.
At Brixton there was an impressive delegation of ESOL students who came along to the picket line to show support for teachers on strike. They joined staff on a march to Clapham for the rally at 12pm.
The rally speeches were excellent and Unison members came out with their banner to show their solidarity. John McDonnell told the crowd how proud he was of the branch for resisting these ongoing attacks.
An ESOL student talked about the conditions of classes and facilities at Brixton and asked for support for the student strike which is taking place next week on Thursday 9 December. There were supportive speeches from Lambeth NUT and Unison, a St Mungos charity worker, Jonathan Bartley from the Green Party, and representatives from the RMT and Aslef unions.
The big news of the day was the announcement that Ofsted will visit the college from Monday. UCU has urged the principal to engage in talks with the unions as soon as possible.
It is very disappointing that management still refuse to negotiate but we remain open to talks, as ever, and hope they will see reason and come to the table very soon to put an end to this dispute.
Next week will see our 2nd strike day on Tuesday 9 Dec, and this time we’ll be taking action alongside students who are also striking that day against their learning
conditions. We encourage everyone to join us on Tuesday for this united front of staff and students taking action together.
We have once again been overwhelmed with messages of support and you can read them all on our website along with photos and video footage at lambethcollegestrike.wordpress.com
Please send messages of support to branch secretary Mandy Brown at email@example.com
and any donations to the address on the attached collection sheet.
PDF of collection sheet available here
We thank everyone who has shown us support and sent in donations as we re-launch our campaign against the attacks on our conditions.