Read the blog by Mark Campbell and David Hardman following the announcement of a proposed further 400 job cuts at LMU
TO: BOARD OF GOVERNORS, LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
We, the undersigned, are shocked at the recently announced compulsory redundancies of permanent faculty staff, and other recent job losses resulting through the removal of all teaching hours from some long serving HPL (Hourly Paid Lecturer) staff, at London Metropolitan University.
We believe that these lecturer job cuts will directly negatively impact on the student experience. This is particularly problematic as the university attempts to make itself more attractive to potential applicants and provide an enhanced service to its existing students.
We are further outraged that among the job losses announced are union officers, including the UCU Chair, Mark Campbell, and UCU Secretary, David Hardman. We insist that these staff must not be victimised (whether deliberately or indirectly identified for redundancy) as a result of being union activists.
We therefore demand that you immediately rescind the announced job cuts, and in addition, that you give a full public guarantee that union officers will be fully afforded the respect and protection their office deserves.
Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary
Elizabeth Lawrence, UCU President
Margot Hill, UCU Chair London Region and NEC Member
Rob Goodfellow, UCU President Elect
Sean Wallis, UCU NEC member, University College London
Terry Murphy, UCU NEC Member, Teeside University
Richard McEwan, UCU NEC member, London Further Education
Mandy Brown, UCU NEC Member, London Further Education
Carlo Morelli, UCU NEC Member, Dundee University
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