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The government have announced plans to massively downsize Brixton College and replace it with one or more free schools. Local unions have called a protest on Thursday 27th to oppose these plans

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Proposals were recently announced to turn most of the existing Lambeth College in Brixton site to a free school. Lambeth NUT, Lambeth UNISON and Lambeth UCU oppose this and have called a public meeting to launch the campaign

Public Meeting – Does Brixton Need a Free School
Wednesday 5th February, 6:30pm
Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, SW9 7PH

Lambeth SOS urges all our supporters to attend You can download publicity here

Independent Report slams Lambeth Housing Review

Posted: September 8, 2013 by lambethsaveourservices in Lambeth living
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Lambeth UNISON have recently issues this press release about “ethnicity biased” redundancies in Lambeth Living

Public service trade union UNISON has welcomed the critical conclusions of an independent review, commissioned by Lambeth Council, of the current reorganisation of Lambeth’s Housing service.

The review was commissioned by Chief Executive Derrick Anderson in response to a trade dispute declared by UNISON, which alleged that redundancies were falling disproportionately on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff. The review, conducted by Lambeth’s former Housing Director Dorian Leatham concluded that; “The issue of an ethnicity bias is borne out by the fact that all the redundant staff are BME.”

UNISON Convenor, Hassina Malik, said; “Lambeth Council ought not to be making redundancies exclusively of black workers.”

UNISON has been unequivocal in describing the disproportionate impact of job losses as racist. Now the Council’s own independent report has concluded that; “The evidence shows that BME staff, and BME women in particular, are more likely to be unsuccessful in securing appointments.”

“UNISON does not support Lambeth’s Labour Council making any cuts dictated by the Tory Government,” said Ms Malik. “We are, however, particularly opposed to cuts which have a racist impact – as the original proposals from Housing management did – and to discrimination in the implementation of cuts.”

“This episode underlines the importance of equality impact assessments of all Council policies and decisions. Lambeth UNISON will never give up our commitment to equality and fighting racism – whatever other challenges we may face.”

UNISON is calling upon Lambeth Council to make a public statement accepting the conclusions of the independent report and agreeing to work with the trade unions to implement its recommendations.