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.
Managers walk around smiling, trying to convince themselves things are back to normal, that is, closing sites,