Support the FE Strikes Solidarity Rally 12pm, Weds 6 October
Called by City & Islington College UCU, Westminster Kingsway College UCU, College of North East London UCU, Croydon College UCU, Lambeth College UCU, Liverpool City College UCU, University of Liverpool UCU and London Region UCU.
This joint rally has been called to support the fight over pay in FE and to celebrate the success of the fight over jobs at the University of Liverpool. Speakers include activists from striking FE branches, Liverpool University UCU, Jeremy Corbyn MP, John McDonnell MP and Jo Grady, UCU Gen Sec.
Solidarity with FE strikes
This week we begin our second week of strike action over pay and conditions. Lecturers in FE colleges have seen their pay cut by 30% in the last decade and 24,000 posts deleted. Government and employers offer praise for the sacrifices that FE lecturers made during the pandemic for continuing to provide an education to their students but reward them with pay cuts, increase workloads and more managerialism. Enough is enough!
Celebrate victory at the University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool UCU has achieved a complete victory in its fight over jobs. Last week management finally withdrew the last two of 47 threatened compulsory redundancies. No-one has been made redundant under the University’s ‘Project Shape’ shakeup of the university’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. This remarkable result has come after nearly five months of official industrial action of strikes and a marking boycott.
As the fight at the University of Liverpool comes to an end, other UCU branches are moving into struggle. In Liverpool, the City of Liverpool College UCU branch is fighting this week over pay, along with other branches in the FE sector.
Please join us in Liverpool or online (the zoom link has been sent to UCU members) to celebrate Liverpool’s proud fighting tradition.
UCU members joined the Royal College of Art strikers on their picket line today.
RCA members are on strike over unfair and precarious employment practices, unsafe workloads especially regarding a new academic model that will completely restructure their teaching and on issues of equalities. Many of their committee members from 2020/21 who have left the institution were casualised members, women and from Global Ethnic Majority backgrounds, so the issue of equalities has deeply effected them as a branch. It was a pleasure to go down and support them on their picket and to offer them solidarity on behalf of all CCCG UCU members.
Our strike action got off to a magnificent start today with all sites across the three colleges reporting solid picket lines and overwhelming support from staff and students. A noisy and energised lobby of CCCG’s HQ at the Victoria Centre at lunchtime drew enthusiastic support from striking teachers and LSAs and local and national UCU officials. A few photos below capture the spirit and solidarity on display across our many picket lines. For daily updates on events at each college see ‘Strike News’ section.
Congratulations and thanks to all our members at WKC for this fantastic result. All our hard work and commitment has paid off. 15 Further Education colleges have balloted their members over pay and conditions – and all voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in the Autumn term.
Capital City College Group (City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and College of Northeast London): 96% vote for action – 65% turnout.
South Thames Group (Merton College, Wandsworth and Tooting College, Carshalton College and Kingston College): 75% vote for action – 60% turnout.
Lambeth College: 90% vote for action – 65% turnout.
Croydon College: 93% vote for action – 71% turnout.
City of Liverpool College: 82% vote for action – 64% turnout.
New College Swindon: 88% vote for action – 60% turnout.
Weymouth College: 89% vote action – 62% turnout.
City College Plymouth: 86% vote action – 58% turnout.
City of Bristol College: 94% vote for action – 70% turnout.
Sheffield College: 84% vote for action – 53% turnout.
UCU branches at CCCG and across these 14 other colleges will now agree dates in the Autumn term to begin our campaign of escalating strike action. UCU’s Further Education Committee has also agreed a plan to implement UCU conference motions calling for a national industrial action ballot over pay and workload to begin in the Autumn term.