London Met: one step closer to greylisting & strike action

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The two victimised UCU reps – David Hardman (L) and Mark Campbell (R) – lead a rally against the cuts at London Metropolitan University (Photo copyright of Jess Hurd – reprinted with permission)

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) to 14% (NO) to ask UCU Higher Education Officers to commence moves to Greylisting (boycotting) London Met from October 2016, unless the current plans for mass redundancies, and the victimisation of our UCU officers and attacks on research and staff terms & conditions, are halted subject to full and detailed negotiations with UCU.

We will now be arranging meetings with UCU Regional and National officials over the next week or so to progress these clear decisions by members. We will also inform the London Met Board of Governors – prior to our soon-to-be-scheduled dispute meeting with them – of the stark choice that is now before them and to strongly encourage them, even at this late stage, to step away from the brink by instructing university management to halt the precipitate compulsory redundancies and return to the negotiating table to resolve all aspects of our dispute, including the victimisation of our reps.

The London Met Coordinating Committee

[Update: this post was corrected at 10.48 on 10th August, as the original article inadvertently stated the NO vote on greylisting as 24% instead of 14%]

 

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