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London Metropolitan — taking out a contract on our college management

by Mark Campbell, London Metropolitan Natfhe
Issue No. 1951

Lecturers on the picket lines last year burned their contracts

Lecturers on the picket lines last year burned their contracts

Following our recent resounding vote for strike action, and action short of a strike, members of the Natfhe lecturers union at London Metropolitan are set to strike on Monday to Friday of next week.

This is the week that the Quality Assurance Agency will be visiting the institution. As such it is vital that as much publicity as possible is generated for our action.

We will be holding a mass meeting outside the university building on Holloway Road in north London at 1pm on Tuesday of next week.

We invite all of our supporters to come along. Trade union banners are very welcome.

We will be following up this with, among other things, a boycott of all quality assurance procedures and processes, as well as a withdrawal from exam invigilation and a ban on marking.

Natfhe has also re-issued a full worldwide academic boycott against the university.

This will continue until management accede to our demands for a fully negotiated new contract.

Paul Mackney, the Natfhe general secretary, said, “The dispute has gone on long enough. We are determined to oblige the vice chancellor to accept that the time to reach agreement really has come.”

Please help us by spreading the word of the academic boycott as widely as possible, and where possible joining our pickets and demonstrations during the strike.

During the general election hustings, sponsored by London Metropolitan Natfhe, our new constituency MP, Respect’s George Galloway, stated his support for our principled stand and pledged to visit our picket lines.

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Sat 14 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1951
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