UCU members go back to work tomorrow after calling off indefinite strike

UCU members on strike at Lambeth College, December 2014. Pic by Tim Lezard

UCU members on strike at Lambeth College, December 2014. Pic by Tim Lezard

UCU members at Lambeth College will tomorrow morning return to work after accepting an improved offer from the college.

The lecturers walked out indefinitely on Monday this week having already been on strike for five days this month and six in December. Last June, they walked out for five weeks – the longest strike in the union’s history.

The row centred on contracts introduced by the college without agreement with the union. A settlement has now been brokered that guarantees no current staff will be forced onto the new contracts. There have also been improvements to the new contracts regarding teaching hours and sick pay.

Our members have demonstrated their resolve throughout this long and at times bitter dispute

At a meeting this afternoon UCU members voted to accept the new deal and call off their strike action.

UCU regional official Una O’Brien said: ‘UCU members at Lambeth have demonstrated their resolve throughout this long and at times bitter dispute. We are pleased that an acceptable resolution has been found and accepted by our members. We hope we can now restore good working relations with the college and get back to business as usual.”

 


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