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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 September 2014
UCU union members at Lambeth College members have voted to ballot for further strike action over new contracts that cut holiday by two weeks, add extra hours for no extra pay and slash sick pay.
The college lecturers took five and a half weeks of strike action last term, but management still refuse to meet the union for further talks.
Instead, the bosses have started the new college year with more attacks on the workers, including over trade union rights and lesson observation.
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In The Socialist 17 September 2014:
Step up fight against Tories
"Britain will never be the same again"
Campaigning for a YES vote
Socialist Party news and analysis
Keep hospital services in the NHS
Them & Us
Socialist Party youth and students
Students: fight to end austerity and capitalism
International socialist news and analysis
Inequality and fightback in the United States
Oppose the TTIP agreement
Climate change: "We're running out of time"
Socialist Party workplace news
London bus drivers march for decent pay
TUC congress: Reject Carney's 'equality of sacrifice'
Ritzy cinema workers win 26% pay rise
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The Socialist: a tool for workplace organisers
Fighting for fair fares
Socialist Party campaigning news
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Film review: Pride - How solidarity overcame prejudice
We're Not Going Back
Bradford benefits under attack
Why I'm a socialist
Ian Paisley: Peacemaker or warmonger?
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