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London Met university vice-chancellor resigns in cuts row

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2143

Brian Roper, the disgraced vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan university, has resigned.

This is fantastic news for campaigners who have been fighting against a swathe of planned job cuts at the university.

Roper led London Met’s management in pushing for the scrapping of 550 full time equivalent posts – which could potentially equal up to 900 jobs and a quarter of the entire workforce.

His resignation has weakened the bosses’ position, and activists should grab the opportunity to go on the offensive against the rest of London Met’s failed management.

“Management are on the edge of a precipice and we now need to make them step back,” said Mark Campbell, a lecturer at London Met and national executive member of the UCU lecturers’ union.

Activists are calling on London Met’s management to suspend all current proposals regarding the finances of the university – including the planned redundancies.

A joint union meeting between the UCU and Unison unions will take place today. Many workers are demanding that the campaign escalates and that the unions call a ballot for industrial action to stop the cuts.

Workers and students face a stark choice – the effective destruction of the university or a wave of resistance to defend education. There is a mood to fight back and union leaders need to galvanise it.

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Fri 20 Mar 2009, 10:05 GMT
Issue No. 2143
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