London Met – We need a national fight!

Dear colleagues Events since the new Prime Minister took office have been terrifying. One of Theresa May’s first acts was to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change, placing the responsibility under a new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The new Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has previously voted against numerous environmental policies…

London Met’s spinning VC

A response to John Raftery’s letter in The Guardian (9th August): The Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, John Raftery, performs several sleights-of-hand when presenting evidence for the institution’s supposed upward trajectory (‘London Metropolitan University is on the rise, not in decline’). For instance, the “all-time high” student satisfaction scores he mentions were acheived with staffing…

London Met: one step closer to greylisting & strike action

An online indicative e-ballot of UCU members at London Met closed yesterday afternoon. Following the count by staff at UCU HQ we are very pleased to announce that London Met UCU members have voted overwhelmingly by 76% (YES) to 24% (NO) to move to a legal strike ballot in September 2016, and by 86% (YES)…

Thanks to PCS, NUT, RMT, UNISON, UCU, SU and all friends

We so much wish to thank PCS for supporting our campaign. PCS President Janice Godrich, General Secretary Mark Serwotka and Asst Gen Sec Chris Baugh saying stop the victimisations and the job cuts at London Met University in the photo below: Thanks  also to Dominic McFadden (PCS NEC) who spoke at our demonstration on Saturday,…

Solidarity statements from John McDonnell and Liz Lawrence

We thank both John McDonnell and Liz Lawrence for sending statements of support for our demonstration. ‘I send a message of support to your demonstration today in defence of trade unionism and higher education for all. I am having to speak in Slough to defend our friend and your ally Jeremy Corbyn, and so cannot…

Jeremy Corbyn statement & London Met demo tomorrow at 11.30am

Jeremy Corbyn has a speaking engagement elsewhere tomorrow, but has sent the following statement: “I am very sorry I cannot be with you at the demonstration, as I am travelling to Manchester for the launch of the grassroots leadership campaign in Salford this afternoon. This will be a big event with live streaming into parallel…