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Strike at London Metropolitan University

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2174

The picket line at London Met (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

The picket line at London Met (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Workers at London Metropolitan University struck on Thursday and Friday of last week against job losses and course cuts.

Management is pushing ahead with cuts that threaten to slash up to a quarter of all jobs at the university.

The strike involved workers in the UCU and Unison unions.

Jonathan McCree works in the academic registry and is a Unison member.

“We prepare exam papers, organise invigilation and timetabling for the whole university, but we have been cut from eight people to just four,” he told Socialist Worker.

“The cuts will make the student experience worse. The cuts we’ve had already have had an impact – workload has increased and students are being crammed into bigger classes. We can’t afford any more cuts.”

Some students came to the picket lines to support the strikers.

Many strikers felt that they had little choice but to take action after management refused to talk to them.

Mark Campbell is a lecturer at London Met and on the UCU national executive committee. “We’ve spoken to large numbers of students who are hearing about what’s going on for the first time,” he told Socialist Worker.

“Now management wants to close our nursery, which gives working class mothers a chance to get an education. We have to fight for the heart and soul of our university.”

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Tue 20 Oct 2009, 19:31 BST
Issue No. 2174
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