London Met’s spinning VC

A response to John Raftery’s letter in The Guardian (9th August): The Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, John Raftery, performs several sleights-of-hand when presenting evidence for the institution’s supposed upward trajectory (‘London Metropolitan University is on the rise, not in decline’). For instance, the “all-time high” student satisfaction scores he mentions were acheived with staffing…

London Met: one step closer to greylisting & strike action

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)…

Jeremy Corbyn statement & London Met demo tomorrow at 11.30am

Jeremy Corbyn has a speaking engagement elsewhere tomorrow, but has sent the following statement: “I am very sorry I cannot be with you at the demonstration, as I am travelling to Manchester for the launch of the grassroots leadership campaign in Salford this afternoon. This will be a big event with live streaming into parallel…

Reinstate Mark and David: Say ‘NO’ to victimisation of union reps

Dear colleagues We sadly have to report to colleagues that we (David Hardman and Mark Campbell) have been unsuccessful in our appeals against redundancy from our positions at London Metropolitan University. As you may know, we are the two negotiators for UCU at London Met, being the branch secretary and chair, respectively. David is also…

Message of support for Jeremy Corbyn from London Met UCU

Dear Jeremy, On behalf of London Met UCU, we want to offer you our complete solidarity in you as Labour Leader. We desperately need your steady voice of hope steering us through the current turbulent sea of despair. We need you to continue standing up for migrants, refugees, the downtrodden and disposed, and for all…

London Met UCU – Strike Action – 5 July 2016

As part of UCU’s ongoing national industrial dispute over our pay and terms and conditions, notably against casualisation and the gender pay gap, London Met management have today been informed that we will be calling our members out on strike on Tuesday 5 July 2016. As you will know this is also the date of…

LONDON MET UCU – CAMPAIGN UPDATE – 6 June 2016

Press coverage of our campaign against job cuts and union victimisation at London Met include the following: Cull of London Met UCU pair sparks ‘union victimisation’ claim Times Higher Education 19 May 2106 Actions belie words Times Higher Education 26 May 2016 London Met plans to cut 400 jobs in ‘rebuild’ vision Times Higher Education…

External examiner resignation letter

Media have reported that thousands of external examiners have resigned in support of UCU’s strike for fair pay. Here are some articles: University examiners stage mass resignation over pay offer  The Guardian  26 May 2016 Why we are resigning The Guardian 26 May 2016 Please read below  the letter of resignation sent by an external examiner…