Strikes were set to hit ten universities this week as UCU union members prepared to walk out over pay and conditions.
Workers have rejected a 1.1 percent pay offer?—and Unison union members in higher education are also balloting over this too. UCU members are also demanding equal pay for women and an end to casualised contracts.
Workers struck at the University of Exeter and Edge Hill University near Liverpool on Monday of this week.
Further walkouts took place at the Open University, Rose Bruford College, Arts University Bournemouth and Keele University on Tuesday.
UCU members were set to strike at Roehampton on Wednesday, Canterbury Christ Church on Thursday and University of Teesside and Swansea University on Friday.
The action follows walkouts at over 30 institutions last week.
The UCU and NUS students’ union have called a national demonstration in central London to defend education on Saturday 12 November
London Met union reps made redundant
Mark Campbell and David Hardman, UCU union reps at London Metropolitan University, have been made redundant.
Bosses targeted the reps for redundancy in May. Their appeals against the redundancies have failed.
London Met UCU said Mark and David have been made redundant because of their “activities as trade unionists”.
It added, “If management are allowed to get away with this, it will act as a deterrent to other members coming forward as union representatives.”
The redundancies come as London Met workers fear it will become the first university in Britain to be privatised. Bosses want to weaken the union to pave the way for the selloff.
Around 200 people signed an open letter protesting against the compulsory redundancies in just 24 hours last weekend. And a protest was set to take place at London Met on Wednesday of this week.
The redundancies are a serious attack on high profile trade unionists who have led struggle. Strikes at London Met have the power to stop them.
Support and solidarity from other trade unionists and campaigners can help give London Met workers confidence to resist.