Socialist Worker

Workers and students defend union at London Met

by Elspeth May
Issue No. 2341

London Met university workers and students at the lobby on Monday of this week  (Pic: Smallman )

London Met university workers and students at the lobby on Monday of this week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Around 150 university workers, students and other trade unionists protested to defend two suspended workers at London Metropolitan University on Monday of this week.

The university has suspended Max Watson, chair of the Unison union, and Jawad Botmeh, the elected staff governor. It says it is investigating a “serious matter of concern”.

The two workers say they have not been given clear reasons for the suspensions.

Max and Jawad are well known trade unionists on campus.

They have been central to the campaigns launched to protect services at London Met from privatisation.

Management threatened to derecognise Unison at the university some weeks ago. The suspensions are the latest in a series of escalating attacks on unions.

Workers lobbied management on Wednesday of last week against the sackings.

At Monday’s lobby Unison and UCU union members at yesterday’s lobby spoke of how they were disgusted at management’s intimidation and victimisation of two trusted, respected and militant trade unionists.

Local Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has written a letter of support to the union branch and encourages others to do the same.

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