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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 December 2014
Students join Lambeth walkout
James Ivens, Lambeth Socialist Party
Striking teachers at Lambeth College were backed up by some of their students walking out on 9 December.
The two-day stoppage took place during an Ofsted inspection - an unprecedented move for staff at the south London college. Inspectors have reportedly asked managers why they failed to resolve the dispute before the assessment.
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have been fighting severe attacks on pay and conditions. Teachers announced a programme of escalating action at the end of November.
The latest strike follows a one-day walkout the week before, with three days planned from 15 December.
Around 15 students of English as a Second or Other Language (Esol) joined pickets at the Brixton site. Esol is one of the FE college's chief money-spinners, and strikers in the department have been particularly solid.
Please send messages of support to Mandy Brown, UCU branch secretary, at [email protected]
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In The Socialist 10 December 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Osborne's savage cuts: No return to the 1930s!
Reject the lie that is austerity
Europe: a new wave of workers' struggle has begun
Save our NHS
Tenants can resist Scrooge landlords
Climate change: Sacrificing the future
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Uprising against police violence in the US
Socialist Party workplace news
London bus drivers: Same job - we want the same pay!
1,000 firefighters march to defend Ricky Matthews
Students join Lambeth walkout
Sharpak Yate packaging strike
Rail franchise jobs: TUPE or not TUPE?
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
We have a world to win!
Socialist Students: fight for free education
Election appeal: finding cash to fight the cuts
Campaign news in brief
Socialist Party comments and reviews
The 1914 Christmas truce
Mockingjay: Part One
Broadband giants' expensive battle
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