Richmond College have started a three day strike today, after plans were revealed to make drastic cuts and redundancies at the college.
On Monday, the chair of Richmond UCU wrote a message to London Region UCU:
[The decision to strike] was motivated largely by the clear understanding that defeat is unthinkable and would leave people with absolutely nowhere to go. Only in the collective could members find any kind of safety and solace in the face of hostility from all sides including apparently our own support staff. ( a letter was recently published in the local newspaper ostensibly from one of our support staff attacking the Union position. It was sent to us as attachment to an e-mail by our marketing dept. only to discover that the signatory, a certain Rose Clarkson, does not exist! They were forced to retract and issue an apology)
Richmond UCU have invited UCU members to join them on the picket lines any day this week from 7.00am till 10.30am to show solidarity. Messages of support can be sent to Dave Carrier, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org.