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UCU and Unison to fight 'savage' cuts at London Metropolitan University

Issue No. 2229

Management at London Metropolitan University are planning savage job cuts that will hit the most vulnerable students.

The UCU and Unison unions are fighting the cuts.

Bosses want to sack 44 lecturers and close down the Learning Development Unit (LDU) and the Writing Centre.

Both offer crucial support to students who face barriers in education—those with English as a second language, ethnic minority students and those who have to fit studying around work or childcare will be hit the hardest.

The sackings also include 14 hourly-paid lecturers—all of whom are women teaching students who work full time during the day as nursery workers. Unions will meet next week to discuss the fightback. They are also backing Day X (see page 3).

The unions have called on the university to suspend all redundancy notices.

A campaign including strikes can stop the cuts.

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Lecturers in higher education will meet in Manchester on Thursday of this week for a special UCU sector conference to discuss balloting to defend jobs, pay and pensions.

Delegates should aim to begin a ballot in January to coordinate strikes to defend pensions alongside the NUT teachers’ union.

UCU union members at Richmond College planned to strike on Thursday of this week and Monday 6 December over restructuring and job cuts.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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