Fighting the commodification and casualisation of Higher Education

This Monday, London Met UCU published the damning conclusions of a workload survey we recently conducted. It’s main findings were the shocking, health damaging, increase in workload – following continuing mass redundancies, now affecting London Met’s permanent substantive staff. Essentially, contractual workload protections have been subverted through the convenient mechanism of line-managers not recognising ANY…

London Met UCU Workload Survey 2016

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For several years, evidence has been mounting of excessive pressures on academic staff at London Met. Stress surveys in 2010 and 2014 found, among other things, that London Met compared unfavourably with other national organisations on the measure of work demands, with bullying also an issue. A UCU survey in October 2013 showed…

London Metropolitan University – Management Spinning Away from Reality

We are living in a period where democracy is being undermined by the widespread use of lies and distortion in public debate. The controversies surrounding the EU referendum in Britain and the presidential election in America are the most obvious cases, though not the only ones. The right to freedom of speech brings with it…

Zero tolerance for zero Hours contracts

Londonmet UCU – with Unison and the Students union – anti-casualisation Campaign Zero tolerance for zero Hours contracts  Universities employ 48% of teaching staff on insecure temporary contracts. Londonmet has 44-69% of its teaching staff (up to 1030 lecturers) on insecure zero hours contracts, many with no hours of work at all, with many having had no…

UCU Higher Education Committee unanimously agrees to the public ‘censure’ of London Metropolitan University and actions move towards a full international academic boycott

UCU Higher Education Committee unanimously agrees to the public ‘censure’ of London Metropolitan University and actions move towards a full international academic boycott. London Met UCU’s request to initiate ‘greylisting’ of London Metropolitan University was unanimously agreed by UCU’s HEC (Higher Education Committee) meeting on Friday 14 Oct 2016. The HEC agreed to formally ‘censure’…

Responding to Amber Rudd: Free Movement of Labour

Dear colleagues, At tonight’s meeting (06.10.2016) of the London Met UCU Coordinating Committee we unanimously agreed to put the following motion (based on one recently passed by Goldsmith University UCU, and to be debated at other universities) to our next all member branch meetings scheduled for the last week of October (further details to follow). London Metropolitan…

The higher education bill will harm universities

Aditya Chakrabortty reports (27 September) on the worst private-sector tactics of outsourcing, zero-hour and agency-worker contracts by Coventry University. Coventry is not alone. London Metropolitan University is sacking a third of its lecturers, hiring staff on zero-hour contracts. Leicester and Hull are engaging in redundancies (including the UCU national president, Rob Goodfellow). Russell group professors are being…