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London Met lecturers take the fight to the bosses

Issue No. 2150

Lecturers at London Metropolitan university were to strike on Thursday of this week in protest at planned job cuts.

The workers, in the UCU union, voted by 64 percent for strike action and 71 percent for action short of a strike.

Rob Murthwaite is a lecturer at London Met. “The ballot result is good but it doesn’t really reflect the level of anger that exists on the ground,” he told Socialist Worker.

“The ballot was conducted over Easter and at relatively short notice. But people are really pissed off and want to fight.”

Management at London Met want to slash up to a quarter of the entire workforce – a move that would have a devastating effect on the university’s ability to deliver a decent education for its students.

London Met management have said that they are pushing the cuts because of a financial crisis.

But the money’s there to invest in London Met – the problem is that management don’t want to spend it.

Lecturers will have picket lines from 8am on Thursday at every campus site and other trade unionists should visit them to show solidarity.

UCU members will also hold a mass rally at 1pm on the day of the strike outside the Tower Building on Holloway Road.

The UCU has jointly organised a London-wide march and rally for jobs along with the PCS and Unison unions.

This will take place on Saturday 23 May.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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