An appeal from Max Watson, UNISON NEC (pc) and Chair of London Met UNISON Branch
June 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Max Watson who is a supporter of the Education Activist Network has written this appeal:
“Our fight is about jobs, public services, education and defending our community against the onslaught of the Tory government against the labour movement in general.
“On 30th June, 750,000 workers will be out on strike to defend the pensions – the week before that, 22nd June, workers at London Met will be on strike to protect our jobs and courses at our Uni with a proud tradition of widening participation.
“The Tory government want to reduce access to education, make arts and humanities a privilege for the rich – our management are embracing that agenda and shrinking our university and claim only vocational courses are worth studying.
“And they are laying off hundreds of staff in the process.
“Staff and students have pledged to resist these attacks.
“Don’t let us fight this alone. This affects all of us – please come to show you solidarity, pass a motion of support through your union, come and join us at some point during the day – because if they defeat us at London Met, it’ll be a sign of things to come.
“We are London Met – Not Easy Met! The Cabinet ministers all got their Arts and Humanities degrees for free. If it’s good enough for the Etonions, it’s good enough for us!”