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Gemma Short and Ollie Moore

UCU members at seven London colleges struck today as Solidarity went to press (Tuesday 23 June) in disputes over job losses.

Strikes will happen at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, South Thames College, College of North West London, Croydon College, Greenwhich Community College, Hackney Community College, and Lewisham Southwark College (LeSoCo).

Strike to stop cuts in FE; Tube unions set for strikes; construction workers say: pay the rate!

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Following a one-day strike at Lewisham and Southwark College on 4 June, union members report a different atmosphere in the college.

The dispute has now broken out of the world of committee meetings and into the classrooms and corridors, canteens and staff rooms. Everybody now has to have a position on the strike, everybody has to think about taking a side.

For many staff and students, this is a further political education and a first direct experience of trade union struggle.

College strike builds confidence; National Gallery protests; probation pay strike; Teesside construction protests; no to cuts at London Met; reject Network Rail deal.

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Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Train drivers for Southern rail will vote on a new pay offer, after they voted by 91% and 95% for strikes and action short of strikes to win a better deal.

The strike votes, which saw turnouts of around 85%, followed the rejection of the company's initial pay offer of a 2.65% increase even against the recommendation of officials from the drivers' union ASLEF. Such resounding votes against union recommendations are rare anywhere in the labour movement, and show a clear strength of feeling amongst Southern drivers to win a better deal.

Southern rail pay deal; Tube unions plan strikes; DLR cleaners strike; Sheffield recycling workers protest against sackings; National Gallery protest; London Met strike; strike against LeSoCo cuts.

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Charlotte Zalens

UCU members at Lewisham and Southwark college (LeSoCo) have voted by 85% for strikes over job cuts.

At a meeting with the chair of the college governors, union reps made it quite clear that we were going to fight to build a college, not a scrapheap composed of redundant education workers and working-class people denied a further education.

Already, more than a hundred students have demonstrated to governors their opposition at a meeting at the Camberwell site. This is only the beginning of a range of actions, on all sites, which will now unfold over the coming weeks.

FE colleges fight cuts; squeeze on university pay; National Gallery bosses sack rep.

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Strike to save London Met jobs!

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Max Watson, London Met Unison branch secretary

Max Watson, London Met Unison branch secretary, spoke to Solidarity


The Section 188 redundancy consultation is now over and we are waiting for the results. 

Management used changes to the law for a shorter, 45 day, consultation, and we got this extended by just a week.  It is likely they will make people reapply for their jobs, forcing people to go through the very upsetting process of competing with their colleagues. 

Staff at London Metropolitan University are not cowed by management's year on year cuts.

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Victory for Lewisham Academies fight!

On Monday 1 June, the Academy orders for the three Lewisham Prendergast schools were rescinded.

This is a huge, and well deserved victory for the campaign.

Over the past few months teachers' and support staff unions, parents and students have campaigned tirelessly to oppose the academisation of the three schools using strikes, demonstrations, meetings and legal challenges. Strikes planned for 3 and 4 June have been withdrawn.

On Monday 1 June, the Academy orders for the three Lewisham Prendergast schools were rescinded.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

On Saturday 9 May, over 400 people marched from South Friern library in Barnet, to East Finchley library, then Finchley Church End before finishing at North Finchley library, to protest over proposed cuts to library services in the borough.

The march was joined on the final leg, from Finchley Church End library to North Finchley library by a double decker bus decorated with union banners, and a brass band.

Activists in Barnet have now completed 4 days of action, marching through all the libraries in Barnet.

Protest over library cuts in Barnet; London Met UCU votes to strike; job cuts at Leeds and Bradford colleges; reinstate Candy Udwin!

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We need school worker unity!

At this year’s NUT conference the Local Associations National Action Campaign (LANAC) used its bulletin to open a discussion about whether we should be in favour of a single teachers’ union.

It is excellent that debate was carried in the bulletin. It is exactly the sort of discussion we need within LANAC as we fight to strengthen and build the organisation. However there was a different viewpoint missing from the debate.

More than a single teachers’ union, although that would clearly be big a step forward, we need a single school workers’ union.

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On Friday 1 May, the UCU union at Lewisham and Southwark college will begin the ballot for industrial action to save 110 full-time equivalent jobs.

We are now one of several colleges in London preparing to resist attacks on our jobs and our ability to serve local working class students with what is for many the last chance to escape poverty and the hopelessness of unemployment. 

Lewisham and Southwark College workers set to strike; Lewisham teachers to debate Academy head; more strikes at National Gallery; Network Rail ballot.

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After voting for strikes over outsourcing by 87%, Unison members in Barnet Council will strike on Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May.

On 1 May Unison hold a march and rally, followed by a members meeting to review the strike and any proposals from the council. If the council has not moved, a second phase of strikes will follow on Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, and a third on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June.

Barnet council workers fight privatisation; 165 jobs to be cut at London Met; Lewisham anti-Academies march; Network Rail pay deal rejected; London Underground cuts fightback.

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