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Fighting job losses at London Met

Issue No. 2146

The UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan University are set to ballot for industrial action against planned job cuts.

The UCU coordinating committee met on Tuesday of last week and unanimously voted to back a ballot for industrial action if management does not back down.

Meanwhile the Unison branch AGM, held on Thursday of last week, resolved unanimously to organise a ballot for industrial action.

London Met’s management wants to cut up to a quarter of all posts at the university – a staggering number that would have a serious impact on the university’s ability to function.

Unions have entered into dispute with management while a 90-day “consultation” takes place, since those consultations appear to be going nowhere.

It is clear that despite the recent resignation of vice-chancellor Brian Roper, management are determined to rush ahead with the cuts. The unions are planning mass meetings straight after Easter.

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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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