UCU members to vote on new proposals from college

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 are considering a revised offer from the college with the aim of ending a lengthy dispute.

Lecturers walked out indefinitely yesterday morning having already been on strike for five days this month and six in December. In June, Lambeth College UCU members walked out for five weeks – the longest strike in the union’s history.

The row centres on new contracts introduced by the college without consulting the union. The college has now amended its proposals to ensure no current staff will be forced on to the new contracts, even if they request a change in their working hours. There have also been improvements made to sick pay.

At a meeting tomorrow afternoon all UCU members at the college will have the chance to vote on the proposals. They remain on strike until then. If they accept the new plans they will return to work on Thursday.

UCU regional official Una O’Brien said: “Nobody wants to be on strike, but our members have been clear from the outset at how unhappy they were with the original contracts. We are pleased that there have been further improvements and we are recommending that members vote to accept the new deal when they meet tomorrow.”

* “Sorry I’m not Russell Brand, but at least I won’t try and hump any of you” – read comedian Jeremy Hardy’s picket line interview here.


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