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London Met university workers strike to defend their union

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2464

Workers at London Metropolitan University struck on Friday of last week in defence of jobs and against victimisations.

The walkout involved admin workers, media technicians, library and IT staff in the Unison union.

It was their third strike this year.

Bosses there have issued compulsory redundancy notices to Unison members Frank Duffy, Natasha Lalovic and Max Watson, who is Unison branch secretary at London Met.

Union members have condemned the attacks as “politically motivated”.

Max told Socialist Worker, “The strike went very well. We closed two out of three libraries and caused chaos as the internal post wasn’t delivered. People have a good feeling about it.”

Bosses got some non-unionised workers to run students’ exams but Max said the action was solid among union members.

He added, “We had loads of support throughout the day. Supporters came from Islington local government, City and Islington College, the Royal College of Hygiene, UCL, LSE, Queen Mary’s, Birkbeck and Soas.”

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, sent a message of support to strikers. 

Prentis said, “When employers are threatened, they try to take out our leaders. We all know that Max has been a redoubtable defender of Unison members and that, without his work, many members would have lost their jobs.

“Unison will do all it can to defend our members’ jobs.”

Unions were meeting management on Monday of this week.

And Unison members were set to decide their next moves as Socialist Worker went to press.

Max said, “There’s a lot of focus on me as I’m the branch secretary, but we should remember there are three compulsory redundancies. 

“We will need to see what happens as a result of appeals against the redundancies.

“And we would urge people to sign our petition and support us.”

Sign the petition to defend Max Watson at

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Tue 28 Jul 2015, 17:29 BST
Issue No. 2464
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