Ealing Hammersmith and West London College strike, Thursday 29 June

27 June 2017

Ealing Hammersmith and West London College

UCU members at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College will be striking on Thursday 29 June against the risk of more than six compulsory redundancies at the college.

We will be picketing all four of the college’s sites (Ealing, Acton, Hammersmith and Southall) as members in the A Levels, Access, Business and IT departments face compulsory redundancy.

The dispute follows the college’s closure of A Level provision at the end of this academic year, as well as a planned reduction of staff in other areas, which was announced in May. AS students at Ealing have been forced to find other colleges at which to complete their A Levels due to the ending of their provision.

Senior management demanded that UCU cancel its ballot or they would not offer voluntary redundancy terms to staff who volunteered to leave, only statutory terms. However, UCU members unanimously rejected this ultimatum and voted to continue with the ballot, which saw an overwhelming 64 to 13 vote in favour of strike action when the ballot closed on 8 June.

We are demanding that the college commits to ensure there are no compulsory redundancies and redeploying staff.

Messages of support can be sent to me at m.cookson@wlc.ac.uk

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