Reinstate Sen - campaign update

An update and appeal for support from UCU at the College of North West London

To: All branch UCU secretaries of FE colleges and universities
RE: Our continuing fight to have Sen reinstated

Indro Sen addresses Congress 2017 Dear colleagues,

  • We write to you on behalf of UCU branch at the College of North West London to let you know where we are in our nine month campaign to reinstate our branch secretary Sen. 
  • You will recall Sen addressed the UCU congress and informed you then that the branch was then in the middle of an ERS ballot. We are happy to inform you that following a favourable ballot with 83% prepared to take strike action under the new draconian law,  our branch will be taking two days further strike action in support of Sen. This is despite our members having to face uncertainties over their jobs due to the impending merger planned to take place on 1 August 2017, subject to ministerial approval.
  • We will be striking on Wednesday 28th  June 2017 and Saturday (enrolment day) 1 July 2017. The addresses for picket lines on the 28 June are College of North West London, Brent NW10 2XD (nearest tube Dollis Hill Lane (main campus) and at Wembley Park , HA9 8HP. For 1 July picket will only be at Willesden Campus.
  • This will be the third and fourth day of strike action that members have been called on to take strike action in support of Sen. Members remain resolute despite receiving threatening and intimidating letter from our principal Andy Cole.
  • We are grateful to the union for granting us sustained action over these two days and Ms. Una O'Brien for helping the branch as our regional official. 
  • On the 28 June 2017, London branches college and university branches will be holding lunch time protests in support of our fight to get Sen back.
  • Following Sen's address to Congress, we would like to thank all those Congress delegates who has supported our campaign by signing our petition and making donations at the conference which was over £500.

You can support us further by: 

  1. signing the petition, which is now 1238  strong at:
  2. sending messages of support to our branch chair Colin Purkey, at:
  3. donations from your branches can be made at:
  4. sending messages of protest to: the principal, and copying it to Sen at and Colin at You may find some of the comments put down by the petitioners useful in deciding what to write. 
  5. hold lunch time demonstration in support of our fight and send us pictures that we can then pass on to our members. 

Send delegates to our picket lines on the strike days to College of North West London Brent NW10 2XD and let Colin Purkey know if you can send a delegate on either of the days.


Bernie Driscoll and Isabelle Rahman
UCU joint branch secretaries at the College of North West London

Last updated: 28 June 2017