Socialist Worker

London Metropolitan University staff to strike over ‘political’ cuts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2463

Lobbying London Met University governors in May this year

Lobbying London Met University governors in May this year (Pic: David Hardman)


Workers in the Unison union at London Metropolitan University were set to hold a 24-hour strike on Friday of this week against compulsory redundancies and victimisations.

Bosses at London Met have issued compulsory redundancy notices to three Unison members. 

Max is branch secretary of Unison at London Met. 

He told Socialist Worker, “There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is a political decision.

“Other people with the same job title have said they want to leave, but management has deliberately chosen us.

“One worker was in a redundancy pool with one other person who wants to leave. She wants to stay. But bosses have made her redundant.”

Attack

Workers overwhelmingly backed a motion at an emergency general meeting last week condemning the compulsory redundancies as “politically motivated”. 

It added that the attack on Max is “an attack on our right to have effective representation”. All three are appealing their dismissals. But bosses have chosen their timing so that workers have very little time to respond.

Max said, “I have three weeks to find another job in the university or successfully appeal against the decision. We need other trade unionists to support us.

“We are spending a lot of money on this campaign and have a hardship fund. All donations will be gratefully received.

“And we want people to come and support our picket lines and a lunchtime strike rally on the day.”

The UCU union at London Met struck against job cuts in May and June. Unison struck twice in June.

The attacks aren’t simply about individual jobs. Bosses want to drive through cuts that will damage education, make life for remaining workers harder and transform the ethos of the university.

Workers should demand their union leaders ramp up their response.

SOLIDARITY

Join picket lines at all London Met sites and a rally from 12 noon until 2pm at the Tower Building.

Send messages of support unison@londonmet.ac.uk

Donate—cheques to Unison London Metropolitan University.

Post—Christian Manna, Unison treasurer, London Met University, 166-220 Holloway Rd, N7 8DB. 

More info londonmetunison.org.uk


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