UCU union members at Halesowen College in the Black Country struck today, Thursday, in defence of four sacked lecturers.
Workers say the sackings are an attempt to undermine the union.
The strike was the first walkout to defend the four, after UCU members voted by 75 percent in a recent ballot. It won enormous solidarity.
Dave Muritu is one of the sacked lecturers. He told Socialist Worker, 'We had a really good showing on the picket line. Around 80 people were there.
'There were lots of banners including the local NUT banner and UCU regional banner. A lot of students came to show support too.'
Thousands of people have signed a petition in defence of the four. 'We had a huge valentine's card with all 12,000 signatures on it,' said David. 'We tried to give it to college management but they refused to accept it.'
Lecturers were meeting today to decide on their next move in the campaign. David said that today's walkout had boosted people's confidence to keep fighting.
'People are buoyed up by the size of the picket lines,' he said. 'A lot of people can see that, if they get away with this here, no one is safe.'
Send messages of support to HalesowenUCU_branch_secretary@hotmail.com
Sign the petition against the sackings at chn.ge/Ujs7qP