No to job cuts and trade union victimisation September 2016

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 UCU Branch Chair


Solidarity to our comrades in London Met. We will show our support on the 29th.

UCU City of Liverpool College


Dear Mark, David and everyone at London Met,

in Newcastle, as elsewhere, we have been watching with horror at what is happening at London Met. It is disgraceful how the management has been treating its staff, especially the victimisation of trade union representatives. It is clearly an attempt to lead the way towards privatising higher education in England and Wales, and we at Newcastle admire your courage and persistence in fighting against it, not only for yourselves, but on behalf of all of us. As we learned in our fight against research performance management targets last year, solidarity from other academics and UCU branches is important, as is publicity. Our branch’s committee sends our best wishes and full support, and we are doing our best to publicise your situation as well.

Best wishes


Bruce E. Baker, VP Newcastle UCU, School of History, Classics and Archelogy, Newcastle University


Dear Mark and all at London Met,

The University of Liverpool had an OGM yesterday and we carried the following motion unanimously:

Motion in support of London Met:

London Metropolitan University is under attack. What’s happening there should be closely monitored by the rest of us in the HE sector, they are being used as a test case for the imposed privatisation of this sector.

Private companies are overseeing the re-structure of London Met, UCU and Unison reps are being victimised and dismissed, terms and conditions of staff are under threat and hundreds of staff are facing redundancy.

This branch notes the successful outcome of the ballot for industrial action and sends our solidarity and support to all members taking strike action in the coming weeks.

This branch commits to:

•       Support the call for an academic greylist of London Metropolitan University
•       Hold a lunchtime rally in support of London met strikes
•       Donate £150 to London met strike fund
•       Call on the NEC to agree that this dispute should be of national significance

<end of motion>

Please let your members know about this Mark and we’ll forward the donation asap.

Hi David,

Following the example of Liverpool, Bristol UCU Exec would like to donate £150 to your strike fund, too.

bw Jamie

Dear Yaz/ UCU at London Met

Please accept this message of solidarity and support from London College of Fashion UCU (The University of The Arts London). Your fight is ours. We will be raising solidarity with you at our next branch meeting on Weds 26th of October at 3.30pm at 272 High Holborn (HH210) and would more than welcome a speak from London Met at this meeting where we will raise a collection etc. Please let me know who can come. Meanshile we will do what we can to support your strike and rallies on Thurs 29th Sept. I have cc-ed in mu UCU colleagues to ensure they are aware of your action too.

Best Tony Sullivan – LCF UCU Branch Secretary



Northumbria University UCU Branch send our support.

Good luck with your fight.

Julia Charlton, Faculty Rep, Branch Chair, NEC member, Northumbria University UCU branch



Please accept our message of support and we look forward to being with you on Thursday on picket lines and at the rally.

Best wishes on behalf of City, University of London UCU.


Rebecca Lewis, UCU City, University of London Branch President



On behalf of the University of Winchester Branch of UCU I would like to send a message of support to the Branch at London Met.

Stay strong.

All the best,

Mick Jardine, Branch Chair


On behalf of UCU members at Chesterfield College, I would like to send you our full support and best wishes for your forthcoming strike action, and any subsequent action to defend your members against the proposed redundancies, and to reinstate UCU union reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

Your members should be congratulated on their resolve to fight the proposed loss of jobs and the victimisation of union reps as demonstrated by the strike ballot result. You have faced unrelenting attacks over many years but your commitment to safeguarding public higher education is a great example for all trade unionists who understand the importance of resisting the damaging changes this government and managers wish to inflict upon the sector.

In solidarity,

Allister Mactaggart, Branch Chair, Chesterfield College UCU


Dear LMU and all,

Congratulations on your vote for action. Our branch committee meets next week and I am happy to ensure we raise the issue of greylisting and solidarity at it. It is crucially important for the whole union that we understand the wider significance of the redundancies and union busting taking place at LMU.

We have an institution which is being set up for privatisation in which the management are complicit. The opportunities for students and quality of the education produced by staff and students is irrelevant in the eyes of a management and government dogma which simply values the university in terms of pounds of income.

Carlo Morelli, Dundee UCU and NEC


Dear comrades.

I wish you all the best in your fight against cuts and victimisations. No to the Tories education policies!

Mike Todd, retired UCU member, ex branch secretary Univ. Greenwich (Chatham Site)


Dear London Met UCU,

I am emailing tooffer you my full support for your forthcoming strike action against the disgusting attack on jobs, terms& conditions at London Met.

I am a retired member of UCU from Bristol University, and from my reading of the dispute it is clear that your VC’s proposals (massively increased casualisation, hours going up from 550 per year 750 per year, complete erosion of the post 92 contract, students teaching students etc.) are designed to bring neoliberalism writ large into the Higher education sector, destroying any hope of a decent education for students at your institution, but also setting a very dangerous precedent for the rest of both Higher & Further education in general.

No doubt he is proud of his efforts, but on the ground I am sure you will have the support of all who working the sector & students whose aim is not just to get a paper qualification, but to open their minds, discuss & explore new ideas, to think about new subjects they have never encountered before etc. I wish you every success in your dispute.

Celia Hollingworth (UCU retired member, Bristol University)


Dear London Met UCU

Massive support and solidarity to you in your fight to defend HE and stop redundancies. Will stand shoulder to shoulder with Mark and David to fight their victimisation!
I’ll get our branch to send you support at our meeting tomorrow
✌️✌✌ Geoff Abbott Equality Officer Newcastle University UCU


Sending a message of support and solidarity
Best wishes
Sue Abbott
Chair UCU Womens standing committee (in personal capacity)


Dear Colleagues at London Met,

I am writing to send a solidarity message for your decision to take strike action and greylist your institution in response to mass redundancies and the victimisation of UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

You have my full support in this action.

Best wishes,

Prof. John Parrington (UCU, University of Oxford)


Hi ucu London met peeps,

Solidarity to all of you to defend jobs, courses and end to casualisation.

I know from our own experience in Tower Hamlets College that the harder you fight the more you can win.

You are fighting for all of us and future students!

Bring on greylisting!

All the best

Ian Crosson, Memb sec Poplar branch, Tower Hamlets College


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, Associate Professor, UCU Branch Chair, Kingston University


To all members of London Met UCU

Solidarity and Good Luck to you all on your strike this Thursday 29 September against mass redundancies and the victimisation of UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman. Fight the sackings! Defend Higher Education!

From Newcastle University UCU


Hi all at London Met UCU

Solidarity in tomorrow’s strike action from Halesowen UCU here in the Midlands. The attack on staff, provision and representation at London Met goes hand in hand with the ongoing butchering of FE college provision and the attempted return to grammar schools – it is all about shutting working class people and other oppressed groups out of education.

Your fight is our fight. Good luck tomorrow

Rhiannon Lockley, Halesowen branch secretary and West Midlands chair, UCU


HI, I am afraid I will be in work by 8am tomorrow so won’t be able to come to your picket line, but please see our message of solidarity. BW Jackie Applebee, Hon Sec, Tower Hamlets BMA Division.

“Tower Hamlets BMA stand with London Met UCU in their principled stand against mass redundancies and the victimisation of UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

This Government are determined to undermine essential public services and deny ordinary people the right to a good education, good healthcare and good housing. We are disappointed that the junior doctors struggle did not generalise more widely and salute you for continuing your fight. ”


Dear UCU London Met,

I am sending a message of solidarity to your union branch as you strike to defend jobs, union reps and higher education. You are sending a clear message that you are willing to fight against the victimisation of union reps and in defence of education for all and you have the full support of members in our branch. Solidarity!

Matthew Cookson, Branch secretary of UCU Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College


Good luck with your strike tomorrow.
Its a disgrace the way LMU has behaved over several years towards its staff and students.
You are absolutely right to fight back.
from health workers in Unison and Unite in Bolton

Karen Reissmann, Unison rep


Barnsley Trades Council met tonight and agreed unanimously to support your strike tomorrow against redundancies and victimisations. Unions present were: UCU, NUT, BFAWU, UNISON, GMB


Dave Gibson (Chair, Barnsley Trades Council)


Dear Mark and everyone at UCU London Met

Solidarity and good luck from:
Nicola Field
Hilary Chuter



Thanks to SERTUC and to Tom Taylor for their solidarity

london-met-29-sept-16-018Officers 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
london-met-29-sept-16-022Tony Lennon (President), Megan Dobney (Secretary), Teresa Mackay (Vice-President)





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 to victimisation. Chesterfield and District TUC.



Solidarity from Brighton Uni Grand Parade


From Newcastle University UCU


Hi Comrades,

Solidarity in your struggle at London Met: your fight is our fight!

Good luck,

Paul Blackledge, UCU Branch secretary, Leeds Beckett University



Solidarity from UCU Scotland



University of Brighton UCU Falmer Branch solidarity



Solidarity to London Met UCU members on strike today from HE pay briefing



Solidarity from QUB UCU to colleagues protesting at London Met


Solidarity with London Met from UCU women’s standing committee



Solidarity from John Burgess, Branch Secretary Barnet UNISON



Solidarity with London Met from colleagues at HE pay briefing in Glasgow.



Solidarity from the UCU Disabled Members Standing Committee to London Met.