by Joe Thorne
On Wednesday, at the end of the third week of the strike, a mass meeting of Tower Hamlets College UCU members voted overwhelmingly to continue the strike: 156 for continuing action, 14 abstentions, no votes against.
The struggle suffered a setback on Monday when it emerged that the ballot for strike action of UNISON members (i.e. of admin workers at the College) failed 13 to 12. Apparently, however, a mass meeting of UNISON members last week voted 60 strong for strike action, with 3 abstentions. Some UNISON members did not receive a ballot paper (often the case in strikes – members not receiving ballots need to be chased up, and replacements must be arranged). But, in part, the result is also a reflection of an the atomising procedure that is the secret ballot: which is established in law specifically because it makes it harder to organise collective action.
However, the strike remains strong. Picket lines are always welcoming, receptive, and worth a visit. (Locations and other ideas for how you can help on our previous report.) The strike fund stands at an impressive £25,000, though with 250 striker in their fourth week without work to support, it does need to be augmented. The strike has a number of positive features which the whole movement can learn from: Continue reading “tower hamlets college: strike solid!”