Socialist Worker

University strike to defend reps and jobs at London Met

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2522

Workers march in solidarity with London Met workers during the summer

Workers march in solidarity with London Met workers during the summer (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Workers at London Metropolitan University were set to strike on Thursday to defend jobs, education and their union reps.

Bosses want to impose 395 redundancies. They have also imposed compulsory redundancy on UCU union reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

Many workers see this as an attempt to weaken the union to push through more attacks.

Christina Paine, UCU branch secretary at London Met, told Socialist Worker, “The strike will take place during induction. Management are trying to shift some things around in response, but our action will cause problems for them and have an impact.”

London Met workers backed strikes by two to one in a recent ballot.

Christina said many felt “battle weary” after repeated attacks. But she added that the vote was a “good indication” of the mood and “there is a willingness to oppose the cuts”.

The attack at London Met is part of a wider assault.

Paved 

The Tories have paved the way for private firms to set up universities and take over existing ones.

Attacks on workers’ conditions are part of softening universities up for privatisation.

But this also means there is potential to build a big campaign against the cuts.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to support strikers during Labour’s conference in Liverpool last weekend.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has also promised solidarity with the workers.

Workers across Britain in education and beyond have taken “solidarity selfies” to show their support.

Rush messages of support to uculondonmet@mail.com.
Join picket lines at London Met campuses from 8am.
Join a rally at the Holloway Road campus between 12 noon and 2pm. 
166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DB

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