UCU members at Tower Hamlets college, in East London, are on indefinite strike against cuts. The union reports:
"Tower Hamlets College faces indefinite strike action from Thursday 27 August after eleventh hour talks failed to resolve the ongoing row over job losses and cuts to English language courses.
Despite attempts from the UCU to negotiate with the college, the union said today that its members at Tower Hamlets have been left with no alternative but to walk out indefinitely.
The strike action has been targeted to coincide with the first day of enrolment at the college. The union said today that it is continuing to press for fresh talks with the college and reiterated that strike action was a desperate last resort. Funding cuts mean that around 1,000 places on courses for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) are at risk. Thirteen people face losing their jobs and many thousands of people in Tower Hamlets will lose the opportunity to learn English – denying them the opportunity to fully integrate with the community".
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