London Metropolitan University (LMU) workers and supporters met on Tuesday of last week to discuss the fight to stop 395 job cuts. Bosses have targeted UCU union reps for redundancy.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have issued a statement supporting the campaign. LMU student sabbatical officer Barbara Ntumy spoke to support workers.
LMU UCU branch chair Mark Campbell said, “In ten years this is our 14th set of redundancy notices. Each time things get worse.”
Monica is a UCU member at LMU. She told Socialist Worker, “We need solidarity and support from people outside LMU. This is not only an attack on us.
“People feel under threat. External support can make them feel less scared.”
Russell Caplan, branch secretary of UCU at London South Bank University, was also at the meeting. He told Socialist Worker, “Branches have to show solidarity—by signing petitions and sending messages of support. We can’t leave London Met to fight on its own.”
UCU members in universities have been asked to select a date to strike over pay.
LMU workers have said they want to strike alongside the teachers in early July. But workers should also ballot for strikes to stop the redundancies and victimisations of union reps.
As LMU lecturer Christina Paine told Socialist Worker, “Our whole education system is being dismantled before our eyes. It’s important that we join together with others fighting to defend education.”
The more support shown for LMU workers, the more chance of winning the kind of action that can push bosses back.