Back strikes at Further Education colleges this week

26 March 2018

Strikes at 12 colleges confirmed for late March


UCU members at 12 colleges will take a second wave of strike action later this month in an ongoing row over pay.

Staff at 11 London colleges and Sandwell College in the West Midlands will walk out on either 27 or 28 March for two or three days of strikes. There is a list of colleges and when they’re out on the UCU press release below.

Rush collections and solidarity messages to:


Epping Forest College:

College of North West London:

Croydon college:

Tower Hamlets College:

Tower Hamlets College:

New City College:

Havering College:

Tower Hamlets College

Tower Hamlets College:

Lambeth College:

City and Islington College:

City and Islington college:

Lambeth College:

Here is a list of some of the picket lines London college picket lines:

1) Havering College of Further & Higher Education, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 2LL 7.30am-12pm

2) Tower Hamlets, at College Main Entrance, Poplar site, 7.30-12pm and Arbour Square E1 0PT, 7.30-1pm

3) Lambeth College picket lines will be at Clapham site, 45 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9BL and Brixton site, 56 Brixton Hill, SW2 1QS 7.30am-12pm

4) City and Islington College 7.30am-12pm:

Centre for Business, Arts and technology, 444 Camden Rd

Centre for Health and Social Care, Marlborough House, Holloway Rd

Centre for Life Long learning, Blackstock Rd, Finsbury Park

Centre for Applied Sciences, Angel (Next to Angel SFC).

5) College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, High Road, Tottenham N15 4RU, Pickets 7.30am – 10.30am

6) Westminster Kingsway College, KX Branch 211 Gray’s Inn Rd ( Weds 7:30 -11:30) (Thurs all day)/ Victoria, Vincent Square (same as above)/ Regents Park, Longford St/ Soho- Peter St.

7) College of North West LondonWillesden Campus, Denzil Road NW10 2XD 7.30-11am Wembley Park Campus, Wembley Park Drive HA0 8HP (both car entrance as listed and pedestrian entrance on the Wembley Stadium walkway (after you come down the steps under the bridge, on the right)

8) Hackney Community College, Falkirk Street, off Kingsland Road, N1 6HQ 7.30 -12pm


UCU Press release

13 March 2018

UCU members at 12 colleges will take a second wave of strike action later this month in an ongoing row over pay.

Staff at 11 London colleges and Sandwell College in the West Midlands will walk out on either 27 or 28 March for two or three days of strikes. The colleges affected and dates of strikes are:

CollegeStrike dates
City and Islington College27/28/29 March
College of Haringey Enfield and North East London27/28/29 March
Westminster Kingsway College27/28/29 March
Croydon College27/28/29 March
Lambeth College27/28/29 March
Sandwell College27/28/29 March
Hackney Community College27/29 March 18 April
Redbridge College27/29 March 18 April
Tower Hamlets College27/29 March 18 April
Havering College27/28 March
City of Westminster College28/29 March
College of North West London28/29 March

The dispute has arisen following a disappointing pay offer of 1% from the employer representative, the Association of Colleges, in September. The University and College Union (UCU) said the below-inflation offer failed to address the years of pay suppression, which further education staff have endured.

Staff at all affected institutions are taking action over pay, but at some colleges the dispute also includes concerns about working conditions including holiday entitlement, workload and observation policies. Overall, 91% of staff at affected colleges voted for strike action. The average turnout was 63%. A full breakdown of results is below.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: ‘UCU members at these colleges made it quite clear that they were prepared to take strike action in defence of their pay and conditions. They will be walking out again later this month unless the colleges properly address their concerns. Strike action is a last resort, but staff feel they have been left with no alternative.’

College% voting for strike action% turnout
Capital City College Group*96%63%
United College Group ^90%60%
New City College~94%63%
Croydon College88%68%
Havering College78%58%
Lambeth College88%66%
Sandwell College90%63%

* Capital City College Group comprises of the following colleges
City and Islington College
College of Haringey Enfield and North East London
Westminster Kingsway College

^ United College Group comprises of the following colleges
City of Westminster College
College of North West London

~ New City College comprises of the following colleges
Hackney Community College
Redbridge College
Tower Hamlets College

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