We have had a successful result in our ballot for strike action. London Met UCU members have voted by 63% to take strike action to demand the reinstatement of our union reps: Mark Campbell and David Hardman and, as importantly, to escalate our fight against the compulsory redundancies that a large number of members are still being pooled for.
We will also be taking action against the result of those job cuts on the rest of us – the massively increased workloads and the increase in precarious casualisation across the university.
Finally, our action will be essential in reminding our management, both university wide and local, that they cannot simply impose their diktats on us – such as lecture recording, but that they have to treat us with respect and negotiate with us in good faith to reach sensible agreements that work for all concerned. After this we will move strongly towards Greylisting (Academic Boycott) which is our main leverage with LondonMet.
To that end, and as stipulated in the ballot material, we are now requesting that UCU HQ initiates our YES vote for strike action with a one day strike on Thu 29 September. This will be a warning shot to university management that it is now time for them to reinstate our reps and return to the negotiating table.