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Furniture students turn the tables on London Met management

Issue No. 2152

The students making their point (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

The students making their point (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Students at London Metropolitan University occupied their building on Monday of last week in protest at planned job cuts at the university.

The students, who were mainly from the furniture and musical instrument making departments, left on Thursday afternoon after the management won a court injunction ordering them to leave.

Lulu was one of those who occupied. She told Socialist Worker, “We had lots of messages of support from all over the world, including from students who have been occupying in Croatia.

“All efforts to speak to management have failed. They are treating us with complete contempt.”

Many lecturers at London Met backed the students.

The occupation followed a strike by UCU union members at the university the week before, also against the planned cuts.

Kay Dudman is one of the London Met lecturers who attended a rally in support of the students. “I think it’s wonderful to see students sticking up for their rights,” she told Socialist Worker.

“How can we run courses and attract students without staff?”

Despite ending the occupation, students are not demoralised. They are planning further action and building for the march against the cuts this Saturday.

March and rally for jobs and education: Saturday 23 May, assemble 11am, Highbury Fields, Islington, London, N1.

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Tue 19 May 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2152
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