Socialist Worker

Strike ballot at London Met

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2520

Workers at London Met on strike last year

Workers at London Met on strike last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A strike ballot is on at London Metropolitan University to defend jobs, conditions and victimised union reps.

The ballot of UCU union members began last week and ends on Thursday of next week.

Bosses at London Met have imposed compulsory redundancies on UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

Management also announced plans for 395 redundancies.


Workers fear they may replace some staff on worse terms and conditions. The ballot asks workers to vote for strikes to stop compulsory redundancies and zero hours contracts, and to reinstate Mark and David.

Bosses also face calls to extend the voluntary redundancy scheme.

The attack at London Met is part of a bigger assault on higher education in Britain. The Tories’ Higher Education White Paper makes it easier for private firms to set up and run universities.

These attacks are part of an agenda to privatise higher education.

Every trade unionist should support workers at London Met.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.