Fantastic solidarity message from John McDonnell MP in support of London Met UCU and Unison read out at our excellent public meeting this evening:
I’m sending my 100% support to UCU and Unison members at London Metropolitan University. Having already pledged my support to the campaign against the victimisation of local UCU officers, Mark Campbell and David Hardman, I’m shocked to now hear about management’s attempts to sack around 1/3 of the university’s substantive workforce.
To massively increase the scourge of casualisation – including the increased use of London Met’s zero-hours contracts for those staff that are left is appalling.
These attacks need to be seen in relation to the Governments new HE Bill that seeks to soften-up institutions such as London Met for possible closure and/or eventual privatisation, whilst increasing student fees beyond £9000 a year, and further cutting bursaries and support grants.
University management should be standing with staff and students to loudly resist these Tory attacks, not proactively implementing them at the expense of both.
Stay strong and united and I will support you all the way with your campaign.
John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer