Press Release: London Met UCU and UNISON set to strike – Grayling and Gillies wanted for crimes against Humanities
June 20, 2011 Leave a comment
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A.C. Grayling and Malcolm Gillies wanted for crimes against Humanities – UCU and UNISON strike back on Wednesday June 22
London Met UNISON and UCU branches have voted for strike action on Wednesday 22nd June. They will be striking a week before up to 800 000 public sector workers are set to strike in defence of their pensions.
There are currently plans to cut 70% of courses – including Performing Arts, History, Caribbean Studies and Philosophy – and Vice Chancellor Malcolm Gillies already has 200 proposed compulsory redundancies. This announcement comes at the same time as AC Grayling announced the foundation of the New College of Humanities.
London Met Students’ Union President Claire Locke says:
“The annihilation of our Humanities Department coupled with the announcement of the New College of Humanities is very telling of what the Government has in store. This is paving the way for the privatization of education and Humanities subjects for the privileged only.”
Students who have been part of the largest student rebellion since the late 1960s will be joining strikers on Wednesday and will be demonstrating at Highbury Fields from 2pm onwards.
Both striking trade unions are clear about their aims and objectives. This is a fight to defend higher education.
Mark Campbell, Chair of London Met UCU, said: ‘London Met Uni has a very proud record of providing an innovative and wide-ranging set of undergraduate courses to our predominantly local working class intake. It is an entirely false economy to now slash 70% of such provision and lecturing and support staff, in order to set the lowest fee in the country at the explicit behest of the ConDem government.”
Max Watson, Chair of London Met UNISON, added:
“We need to widen access to education now more than ever, not cut back on courses and jobs. Rather than embrace the government’s slash and burn agenda, our university should be resisting these damaging cuts. Our members have pledged to fight and for that we are very proud to be London Met UNISON. When we stand on the picket lines, we’re standing up for ourselves, for our whole community and for what we believe is right. I urge you to support us.”
Notes for Press:
– The Education Activist Network will be holding a press conference in conjunction with London Met UNISON, UCU, and Students’ Union atSt. Jewry Streeton Tuesday June 21 at 11am.
– On Wednesday June 22, there will be picket lines from 8am in the morning on following sites: Holloway Roadand on London City Campus (http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/about/find-us.cfm)
– The ‘Sounds of Resistance’ demonstration will assemble at Highbury Fields will start at 2-3pm. It will march toLondonMetTowerBuilding.
– Speakers at the rally on June 22 (4-6pm) include: Mark Serwotka, PCS General secretary, Denise Bertuchi Assistant National Officer, UNISON Education & Mark Bergfeld NUS NEC
– The strike on Wednesday June 22 is set one week before up to 800 000 workers will be going on strike in defence of their pensions