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London Met workers ballot over action

Issue No. 2148

Lecturers at London Metropolitan University returned to work this week to face a critical ballot for action over job cuts.

Their UCU union is balloting its members on whether to take strike action and action short of a strike to defend jobs at the university.

Management wants to slash up to 900 jobs. It appears to be trying to spin out the dispute until the summer, when workers will be less able to take effective action. Talks have, so far, led nowhere.

Mark Campbell, a lecturer at London Met and member of the UCU national executive, told Socialist Worker, “Management’s current plans are unworkable and liable to completely destroy the university.

“I urge everyone to vote yes in the ballot so that we can show management that we’re determined to resist these cuts and save our university.”

Unison union members at the university unanimously passed a resolution recently backing a ballot for action.

The UCU ballot ends on Wednesday of next week.

March for jobs and education, Saturday 23 May, assemble 11am, London Met Tower Building, Holloway Road. Called by London Met UCU and Unison, and Islington PCS union

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Tue 21 Apr 2009, 18:29 BST
Issue No. 2148
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