Solidarity for Lambeth College staff

UCU members at Lambeth College have voted unanimously to take indefinite strike action from Thursday 1 May against new contracts which have been imposed.

On Thursday 1 May, in addition to picket lines at the Brixton and Vauxhall Centres, there will be a Mass Picket at 7am outside the Clapham Centre, 45 Clapham Common Southside (Clapham Common tube station, Northern Line) to which we invite all trade unions.

There will be a solidarity strike rally at 6pm in the evening, at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton, called by Lambeth College UCU, Lambeth College Unison and London Region UCU. We’ll be serving hot food, and there’ll be placard-painting activities for children. All donations welcome!
Lambeth College Unison are currently balloting for strike action and hope to be joining us when their ballot closes.

The new contracts affect new staff, current staff who are promoted or wish to change their fraction and will also affect current hourly-paid staff. In addition management documents state that the new contract of employment may be rolled out across the board for all existing staff.

New contracts include:

  • increased working hours
  • extended working week
  • annual leave cut by 2 weeks
  • increased contact hour time by 1 hour
  • additional duties for no remuneration
  • a link between pay increments and capability
  • reduced notice of redundancy
  • drastically reduced sick pay

Please send messages of support to Branch Secretary, Mandy Brown, at mandybrowncow@yahoo.com.