19 February 2015
COLLEGE OF NORTH WEST LONDON IN BRENT ANNOUNCES TWO DAYS OF STRIKE ACTION 23 FEBRUARY and 25 FEBRUARY -
This is to let you know that members at the College of North West London are taking two days strike action against College’s policy of achieving greater Casualization through compulsory redundancies. Currently as a result of this heinous and educationally damaging policy, one of our most active reps Michael Starrs, a leading figure if smashing the merger plan between our College and City of Westminster( Only merger in the country smashed by joint union action) has fallen victim to this policy by been made compulsorily redundant when there is sufficient hours for him to have a full time table. This strike is also to get him his job back. He is a brilliant teacher, voted, the most popular teacher in 2013 by all students in the College. All his plumbing students have also signed a petition supporting his reinstatement. So this strike is also about getting his job back.
The following resolution was carried unanimously at the last branch meeting:
Michael Starrs and the anti- Casualization dispute:
- Members noted that Michael is now fully supported by union appointed solicitors who have confirmed that he has a reasonable prospect of success on unfair dismissal and trade union victimisation claim.
- Branch also noted that one day strike on the 8 December and subsequent negotiations have failed to persuade management to give Michael his job back and withdraw its casualization policy.
- The branch decided unanimously:
“Branch agrees to take escalating strike action starting with 2 days in the second half term”
Your urgent messages of support for Michael Starrs and branch members for taking strike action in support of him and against College’s casualization policy can only assist our fight as it had in the case of Lambeth. Please drop a line and I will circulate it to members and Michael tomorrow and over the weekend.
Please also note fighting casualization is a UCU national policy priority and an election issue ( zero hours) . We are in the process of launching a campaign along the lines of the very successful “Save Kilburn Campaign” to coincide with the election as that campaign did. You can find details of that campaign by going to the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/savekilburn/saveourcollege
KNOCK OUT COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES