Today UCU National Executive Committee (NEC) unanimously passed the following motion:
Emergency Motion on London Metropolitan University redundancies and trade union victimisation
- Redundancies in London Met University as part of the University’s shrinkage of provision.
- The redundancies at LMU include the Branch Secretary and H&S Officer (David Hardman) and Branch Chair (Mark Campbell), both in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing. Their redundancies were announced on 29th April.
- Four of the seven UCU committee members are targeted for redundancy, including two women who are hourly paid lecturers.
- UCU branches generally are facing increasing threats of redundancy and victimisation of union reps.
- The response of UCU activists, inside and outside LMU has been to set up a national petition, a campaign meeting and to build a broad-based campaign of opposition to both redundancies and victimisation
- The HE Green Paper and bankruptcy is part of the government’s desired outcome for the new HE market. Thus LMU is a prime example of the ‘exit from the market’ envisaged by the government in its review of HE.
- UCU’s defence of higher education and access to HE by students is part and parcel of the defence of HE workers terms and conditions.
- Fighting redundancy and victimisation are of prime importance to UCU as they undermine UCU’s influence across the whole sector.
- The LMU case has an importance for the whole union in how we defend jobs, activists and education.
- Inequality, and specifically gender in LMU’s case, should be a key focus of UCU’s defence of lecturers jobs, pay and conditions in HE.
NEC resolves to
- Consider London Met to be a local dispute of national importance.
- Mount a national campaign, supporting the vibrant local campaign, in support of London Met.
- Work with Jeremy Corbyn and other sympathetic MPs to bring an EDM to parliament to halt the closure of CASS at Aldgate, the redundancies at LMU and the victimisations.
- Work with London Met UCU branch in building a vibrant campaign against redundancies, victimisation and in defence of higher education at London Met.