The International Call to Boycott London Metropolitan University – Statement from London Metropolitan University UCU

International Boycott of London Met Following a strong vote in favour by London Met UCU members, and an evaluation that negotiations to date had failed, UCU’s Higher Education Committee has actioned a full-scale international academic boycott of London Metropolitan University. The boycott will begin with immediate effect from 24th April 2017. We recognise this is an…

Censure and academic boycott London Metropolitan University

Email to UCU members sent by Sally Hunt on 24th April 2017 Dear colleagues I wrote to you last month advising of the protracted dispute at London Metropolitan University and the attempts made by the local branch officers in the last few months to negotiate a resolution. I further advised that the higher education committee…

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…