Management at London Metropolitan University have now formally notified the trade unions that they plan to cut the equivalent of 550 full-time posts over the next 15 months, many of them by July.
This will result in between 700 and 900 job losses – up to a quarter of the workforce.
The job cuts result from a cut in central government funding coupled with management incompetence.
The university prides itself on its “widening participation” agenda and it recruits heavily from those sections of the community who have traditionally been excluded from higher education.
The lecturers’ UCU union has joined forces with the Unison and the NUS unions to campaign against the job cuts.
They are calling for the government to find the money to bail out the university.
As one UCU member said, “The government has bailed out the banks and fat cats like Fred Goodwin have pocketed the cash. His £16 million pension pot is enough to stop the redundancies at London Met”.
In a series of large and angry meetings, workers and students have made it clear that they will oppose attempts to make them suffer for management’s incompetence.
The general feeling is that we have no confidence in management and that they should resign.
The unions have said that they will ballot for action if management try to force the redundancies through.