UCU Higher Education Committee unanimously agrees to the public ‘censure’ of London Metropolitan University and actions move towards a full international academic boycott.
London Met UCU’s request to initiate ‘greylisting’ of London Metropolitan University was unanimously agreed by UCU’s HEC (Higher Education Committee) meeting on Friday 14 Oct 2016.
The HEC agreed to formally ‘censure’ London Metropolitan University, with a view to initiating a full international academic boycott if the university’s management do not respond in a positive way to the demands of the union. These demands include the reinstatement of the two victimised local UCU reps, Mark Campbell and David Hardman, abandonment of increased casualisation, suspension of the current round of mass redundancies and engaging in meaningful consultation over these and related matters.
This means the university will now go on a public ‘censure list’ and this fact will be fully publicised within and without the international academic community. The next step will be for the elected HEC Executive Team to meet with the local UCU branch officers (London Met UCU branch secs and branch chairs) to agree a ‘deadline date’ to inform London Met management by which time they should have made sufficient steps (from our perspective) to meet our demands, failure do so by that date WILL result in UCU initiating a full international academic boycott.
Such an academic boycott will likely result in calling on all those observing the boycott to as a minimum observe the following sanctions (among other measures): not applying for jobs at London Met, not engaging in visiting lecturing or external examining, not engaging in research collaborations with London Met, not attending conferences at London Met, and not being involved with publications that are edited or produced at London Met.
Therefore, the (short) period we are now entering between ‘censure’ and ‘boycott’, is the time for all UCU members and supporters to actively publicise the sanction, pledge your support to a full academic boycott should it prove necessary, and to note the countdown to that deadline date. All enabling the union to exert maximum pressure on a now publicly declared ‘rogue management’.
We thank all HEC members for this overwhelming and timely support. We are strong when we stand determined arm in arm together.