Wednesday 5 May saw strikes hit 11 FE colleges in London and three universities in the UK. Picket lines were solid at the 11 FE colleges, at Westminster, Sussex and King’s College London and many branches reported their best attendance for years as members took action in defence of jobs and education.
The strikes were accompanied and supported by a wave of protests that covered the length and breadth of the country. Central London saw a march and rally starting from King’s College and finishing at Church House, Westminster, where there was a rally that packed the meeting room. 100 lecturers also protested outside Croydon college, which has just announced its plans to cut around 80 jobs. In Brighton, UCU members from universities and colleges in the region, including strikers from Sussex University, marched to the Old Ship and held a rally. There were also protests and rallies at Bradford College, which has just voted to take strike action, at Doncaster College, at Bishop Auckland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside and Middlesbrough colleges.
You can a read a full roundup of the action at: http://www.ucu.org.uk/5may10