Messages of solidarity

To UCU members at London Metropolitan University

I would like to pass on the full support of Barnsley College lecturers to UCU members at London Met. We are currently going through our own battle against redundancies – although nothing like you are faced with – and we know how important solidarity is in keeping up morale. We know that you will get fantastic support from around the whole country because everyone who hears what your management is planning is shocked. I am confident that the determination you have shown over a number of years in fighting back over a wave of different attacks means that you have built up the confidence and resilience to beat back this latest attack.

In solidarity,

Dave Gibson (Barnsley College UCU)

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Comrades

Just a brief message of support from the UCU at Bath Spa University branch. Our hearts are with you on the 22nd as you fight for the survival of your institution and your jobs. There but for grace of God…….

All the best

Chris Jury
UCU At BSU Communications Officer

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Greetings, Mark

I was instructed by the City Lit UCU branch meeting last week to send a strong message of support to UCU members at London Met in your fiight against cuts in provision and redundancies. Many of our members have close links to London Met through personal experience or through family members working or studying there.
We wish you strength and stamina throughout the dispute and hope you have success in your actions and negotiations.
Yours
Carmel Elwell
branch secretary City Lit UCU
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Dear Mark
Message from Greenwich & Bexley TUC!  Keep up the fight!  You and your comrades have been inspirational! Collection on its way.
In solidarity
Greenwich & Bexley Trades Council
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As someone who worked in the old Polytechnic of North London and have given
a couple of lectures there in the past few years, I am appalled by the
suggested reductions in staff. What has delighted me about the Metropolitan
on my visits had been the numbers of Black students I saw – I silently
clapped. Universities which attract Black students and run courses which
they find relevant and of interest should be expanded, not contracted.

Marika Sherwood
Hon. Sr. Research Fellow
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
University of London

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Hi,

I hope your strike action at London Metropolitan University today has gone very well.  At the London Passport Office we’re preparing for our strike on 30th June.  With that in mind we wanted to contact you in solidarity.  I am also an alumni of the Uni so appreciate the service provided by staff there.  We are all facing the biggest attacks from government on the public that we have ever faced.  Our services are taking a battering that will take decades to recover from and this will surely damage our communities. 

We applaud you for taking a stand!  We take ours next week – wish us luck!

Jon Bigger
Branch Secretary
London and South, Identity and Passport Service,
Home Office

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Colleagues,

London Metropolitan University
Save jobs. Save access to Higher Education. Save London Met.
University of Westminster UCU expresses its support and solidarity with colleagues at both London Met in their struggle against the devastating cuts proposed by the Vice Chancellor. These cuts will have the effect of not only throwing staff out of work but will also severely limit access to higher education for working people across London and are destructive and totally unacceptable. UCU Westminster calls upon the VC to withdraw these proposals and engage in constructive talks with staff unions and local communities to save London Metropolitan University.

UCU Co-ordinating Committee.
University of Westminster.

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The FEC does not meet until Friday, but I am sure they would want me on their behalf to ask you to pass on to all UCU members at London Met our message of solidarity and our best wishes for a successful day of action, action that you are all taking to protect not only jobs but, as you say, to protect and defend our values and principled beliefs that everyone should have access to the education that meets their needs and aspirations, that access to education should not be about ability to pay for it, that education is a public service, and that we should all, as you in London Met are doing, stand together to vigorously oppose attempts to privatise it.

Regards, Kathy (President Elect and Chair of FEC)

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Dear Mark, Cliff and all striking comrades
Greetings and solidarity from Greenwich Community College!  Keep up the fight!  See you on the picket lines and maybe the barricades!
Lynne Chamberlain
Greenwich Community College UCU
S.E. LONDON
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Dear Mark

Please convey our enthusiastic solidarity to your Branch at London Met. The
decision to axe around 70% of the courses offered is an insult to the students you serve and the people who work there. It shows what the ConDems really think of educating working-class people. In taking strike action, you are not only fighting for  your members’ jobs but also defending access to higher education for students from working-class backgrounds.

We warmly salute you and your action, and look forward to 30th June when so
many of us will be taking action together.

Together,  we can fight the cuts!

In solidarity,

Pura Ariza
UCU MMU Branch Secretary

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Keep in good heart

I would like to offer you all moral support at this difficult time.

All the best,

Viv Pegram

Study Skills Co-ordinator

The City Lit

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Message of solidarity with the workers and students of London Metropolitan University from Lambeth College UCU
We wish to send you a message of support and solidarity in your fight against the appalling cuts taking place at London Metropolitan University.
The action by the students to stop the closure of courses and the decision by Unison and UCU workers to ballot for action in defence of education jobs is the right way forward to fight against this government’s attack on education.
At Lambeth College we are facing attacks against education provision and the working conditions of the staff. This is the same situation for colleges and universities across the country.
We must stand united against the attacks on our services by this government of the rich for the rich. We wish you all the best and good luck in your fight against the cuts.
Lambeth College UCU
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Best wishes for the strike at London Met from the UCU staff at Richmond Upon thames College.  See you all at the meeting tonight in Euston and certainly at the rally in Lincoln’s Inn Fields on 30th June.

United we stand!!

In solidarity

Dave Carrier – Branch chair

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Dear Mark

Best wishes for your strike tomorrow.  I hope members will be really angry when they find out that your employer was not prepared to talk to UCU unless we withdrew the strike action.  For an employer to regard talking to a union as some sort of concession is outrageous.  It really is 19th century mill owner attitudes.

Elizabeth Lawrence – Vice Chair UCU   Higher Education Committee

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Mark
Please pass on solidarity greetings to those on strike at London Met from WFTUC. Thanks.
In solidarity
Darren

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Your fight at London Met to save jobs and services is an inspiration. London Met ought to be celebrated and funded accordingly because your institution genuinely widens access to higher education for the whole community.

The best of luck with your campaign.

In solidarity,

Andrew Baisley
Branch Secretary
Camden NUT

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Dear London Met UNISON Branch,

Please convey our enthusiastic solidarity to your Branch at London Met. The decision to axe around 70% of the courses offered is an insult to the students you serve and the people who work there. It shows what the ConDems really think of educating working-class people. In taking strike action, you are not only fighting for your members’ jobs but also defending access to higher education for students from working-class backgrounds.

We warmly salute you and your action, and look forward to 30th June when so many of us will be taking action together.

Together, we can fight the cuts!

In solidarity,

Pura Ariza
Branch Secretary
Manchester Metropolitan University UCU

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As someone who worked in the old Polytechnic of North London and have given a couple of lectures there in the past few years, I am appalled by the suggested reductions in staff. What has delighted me about the Metropolitan on my visits had been the numbers of Black students I saw – I silently clapped. Universities which attract Black students and run courses which they find relevant and of interest should be expanded, not contracted.

Marika Sherwood
Hon. Sr. Research Fellow (personal capacity)
Institute of Commonwealth Studies UL

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Goldsmiths UCU once again congratulates staff and students at London Metropolitan University for their inspiring campaign to stop the assault on jobs and courses at the university. Management’s plan to cut 70 percent of courses and to target humanities provision in particular is shameful and a total capitulation to the distorted market logic being imposed by the government in attempting to privatise the university system.

What your action shows is that staff and students can campaign together to refuse this kind of logic, to stop redundancies and to protect academic provision. So we send you our solidarity and best wishes in supporting access to education for all, in defending jobs and in keeping hold of a vision of education that is not about making profits but serving the public.

Kirsten Forkert
Branch Administrator
Goldsmiths UL UCU

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Middlesex University UNISON Branch send a message of support for your strike against job cuts. Keep up the struggle. It is important that we win on this issue.

We are facing around 200 threatened job cuts at Middlesex and are in dispute with the University. We plan to ballot for industrial action shortly.

Regards,

Jenny Compton-Bishop
Branch Secretary
Middlesex University UNISON

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I am writing to offer the full support of our Branch for your action on 22 June.

The attack on London Met is an integral part of a wider attack on education for working class people that will particularly impact on areas like Tower Hamlets.

Your action takes place at a time when the broader resistance to the Tory led coalition’s retrograde policies is growing, especially over the threat to public sector pensions.

We welcomed your support when we took action on 30 March alongside the NUT and would want to offer our solidarity now.

Unfortunately I cannot join you on Wednesday as I will be at UNISON Conference but I will be with you in spirit.

Good luck with your action.

Please let us know of any further assistance we can offer.

Fraternally,

John McLoughlin
Branch Secretary
Tower Hamlets UNISON

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Dear London Met UNISON and UCU,

We condemn Management’s decision to push through mass course closures and the consequent job losses at London Metropolitan University. Our branch supports the decision to take industrial action and will be looking to send members down to picket lines in a show of practical solidarity. We will also be support any further actions. Your struggle is our struggle.

In solidarity,

Vikhas Chechi
Branch Secretary
Queen Mary UL UNISON

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Dear Women’s Library at London Met,

The History of Feminism Network would like to send you our support for the industrial action planned for Wednesday. We have sent the below statement to our email list and website and wanted to let you know that there are many people who have used your collections who are appalled by the proposed cuts at London Met and who are fully behind you.

Best wishes,

History of Feminism Network

Support the Women’s Library Strike!

The Women’s Library is home to world-renowned collections on women’s struggles throughout history and has hosted excellent exhibitions on women workers and female led-strikes. This Wednesday 22nd June 2011 Women’s Library staff will themselves take planned action to ensure that London Met University continues to be a thriving centre for the study of gender and feminism.

London Met Unison and UCU have voted for a one day strike on 22nd June unless the management resolve their dispute over compulsory redundancies (200 announced so far) and the closure of 70% of courses.

These cuts are of concern to all of us working in the fields of feminism and gender studies, across UK higher education institutions. Judging the value of academic disciplines according to narrow definitions of economic viability will particularly discriminate against already marginal subjects. The History BA is among those London Met courses set to close, despite it having long been such an important focus for the study of women’s history and with the Women’s Library hosting this years Women’s History Network Annual Conference.

This is why we want to express our strong support for the Women’s Library staff and everyone at London Met taking industrial action next week.

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