Responding to Amber Rudd: Free Movement of Labour

Dear colleagues, At tonight’s meeting (06.10.2016) of the London Met UCU Coordinating Committee we unanimously agreed to put the following motion (based on one recently passed by Goldsmith University UCU, and to be debated at other universities) to our next all member branch meetings scheduled for the last week of October (further details to follow). London Metropolitan…

The higher education bill will harm universities

Aditya Chakrabortty reports (27 September) on the worst private-sector tactics of outsourcing, zero-hour and agency-worker contracts by Coventry University. Coventry is not alone. London Metropolitan University is sacking a third of its lecturers, hiring staff on zero-hour contracts. Leicester and Hull are engaging in redundancies (including the UCU national president, Rob Goodfellow). Russell group professors are being…

Solidarity across the fight for education and liberation

“Extremely proud to have been able to gather this gorgeous crowd last night, at Gay’s the Word bookshop, to support magnificent working-class fighters David Hardman, Mark Campbell and all the strikers fighting cuts, privatisation, zero hours contracts and union victimisation at London Met University. The event was the launch of my newly republished book Over…

London Region UCU unanimously backs ‘greylisting’ London Metropolitan University

London Region UCU notes the continuing assault on staff at London Metropolitan University. Nearly a hundred posts were cut in the spring, with David Hardman and Mark Campbell – the UCU CoCom Secretary and Chair – deliberately and unfairly targeted for compulsory redundancy. Their dismissal paved the way for another 395 staff cuts and a restructuring that undermines…

More solidarity messages for yesterday’s strike

Here are some more solidarity messages for yesterday’s strike. Thanks all for the support! Hi, I send this photo as a sign of support from the Lancaster University UCU branch. Best of luck with the strike today! Nils Markusson _______________ Solidarity with UCU members taking strike action at London Met. Defend Our union reps. No…

Solidarity from SERTUC

Thanks to SERTUC and to Tom Taylor for their solidarity Officers of the various SERTUC Committees: Construction Campaign Task Group, Creative and Leisure Industries Committee, Disabled Workers’ Network, International Affairs Committee, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Network, Pensioners Network, Public Services Committee, Race Relations Committee, Transport Industries Network, Women’s Rights Committee, Young Workers’ Network Tony…

Wonderful strike day

Thank you all for your solidarity. Here are the first pictures from the picket lines and rally, more to come soon   Cllr Gary Heather brings solidarity from Islington North Labour Party to London Met UCU   Stirring speech from Mark Campbell, calling for national grey listing – “we show our strength by standing together”…

More solidarity coming in!

Thank you all! Here are some more messages and selfies 🙂 Solidarity from City and Islington College   Dear UCU London Met The educational services you provide are of national importance. we wish you every success in your fight against job cuts and onerous teaching loads for the remaining staff. In solidarity Dr. Andy Higginbottom,…

Sacking and exploitation by flowchart at London Met

The following is an official sacking/exploitation flowchart that London Met management are using to sack many and overwork the rest of their lecturing staff. FST stands for Formal Scheduled Teaching (this is direct face to face teaching, not preparation, marking, course leadership, module leadership, research, scholarly activity, CPD, grant applications, pastoral care, etc, etc), and…

Important – Strike Day Details – Thursday 29 September

Dear colleagues and friends, This post contains the following important information: 1. Strike Day – picket lines / rally details 2. Strike Day – leaflet for our students 3. Solidarity messages received 4. Hardship fund 5. Standing Strong Together 1. Picket lines and Strike Rally We will be having picket lines at all three of…

Solidarity from colleagues across the UK

We wish to thank so much our colleagues that in the last week have sent us their solidarity messages. Your support really makes a difference. Here are some: Good afternoon, On behalf of the branch executive I want to express our solidarity fo London Met colleagues in their dispute with university management. Ron Mendel, Northampton…