Some 50 lecturers met in London on Wednesday of last week to discuss building the fight against compulsory redundancies at London Metropolitan University.
Around 30 were from London Met, where bosses are trying to impose compulsory redundancies on union reps and activists.
They have targeted UCU branch chair Mark Campbell and branch secretary David Hardman. Christina Paine and Monica Mottin, two UCU branch officers and hourly paid lecturers, also face redundancy.
A petition against the attacks gathered nearly 1,400 signatures in a few days, including from UCU general secretary Sally Hunt and president Liz Lawrence.
UCU’s national executive committee on Friday of last week unanimously resolved to “consider London Met to be a local dispute of national importance”.
It promised to “mount a national campaign in support of London Met workers.”
The branch has also written an open letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and new London mayor Sadiq Khan asking for their support. Corbyn is the local MP and has shown his support on a number of London Met picket lines and protests over the years.
The activists’ meeting last week, called at short notice, showed the strength of feeling. The national union has pledged its support. UCU members at London Met should meet and call for a strike ballot to stop the redundancies and defend education.