- Category: Campaigns
- Published on Friday, 27 June 2014
- Written by Lambeth Unison
This appeal to 'sponsor a Lambeth College striker' is being circulated by Lambeth UNISON. UNISON are only offering their striking members a £15 daily strike fund despite the Lambeth College strike being of potential national significance to the Further Education sector and beyond.
For £35 you can sponsor a Lambeth College UNISON striker for a day of strike action and be part of their important fight against a two-tier workforce.
Your sponsorship pack:
A sponsorship certificate
A photograph of your striker's picket line, signed by a striker
A letter from your striker, updating you on the strike
You can sponsor a striker yourself, club together to sponsor a striker or sponsor a striker as a gift for a friend or relative.
Your name ___________________________________
Amount of sponsorship_________________________
Background to the dispute at Lambeth College
Teaching staff at Lambeth College are on all-out strike action. The workers are fighting new contracts that attack pay and conditions and would effect all new workers and create a two-tier workforce at the college. The changes include:
- An increase in working hours, and a lower hourly rate of pay.
- Reduced holiday.
- An attack on sick pay entitlement for those on long term sick leave.
In a second ballot UCU members backed the indefinite strike action with 89% yes vote on a 72% turnout after the first was the subject to an injunction under the anti-trade union laws. UNISON members at the college have taken 2 days of action, alongside UCU and are planning further action, including 3 days next week. The UCU have agreed £50 strike pay for their members, UNISON's rate of strike pay is £15. UNISON members are worried about the financial impact of the strike, so we are calling for donations so we can make hardship payments so no member who wants to fight this disgusting attack is forced back to work because they cannot afford to stay out.
This is a local dispute of national significance to workers in Further Education. If this package of terms and conditions are pushed through at Lambeth College they will be rolled out across the sector. This is a local dispute, of national significance to trade unionists everywhere. Mangement at the College have tried to use the anti trade union laws to stop the democratic decision of UCU members to take strike action, they have used intimidatory tactics against strikers threatening trade union reps with spurious disciplinary charges for their role in the dispute.
The Lambeth College strikers' fight is everybody's fight. Make sure you play your part!