I joined Lambeth College staff on the University and Colleges Union picket line. With the Tories slashing further education funding, college staff pay has lagged behind inflation by 35% since 2009 with these cuts and other Tory reforms piling pressure on staff to do more and more for less and less. They have been out to ask for a fair pay rise, action on unmanageable workloads and an agreement on professional respect.
It was great to be on the picket line with UNISON members at City University in the same week of strike action. These higher education workers were joining the wave of strike action to fight for real pay rises and call for action on workloads and stress. It was great to see them campaigning for fair pay grounding inequalities as they urge their institution to close ethnicity, gender and disability pay gaps.