Report from London Met UNISON & UCU strike on June 22 (incl. photos)
June 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Alexandra C. reports from the picket lines from London Met East Campus.
Wednesday 22nd June saw UCU and UNISON members ofLondonMetropolitanUniversity strike and picket their university buildings. With 200 jobs already lost at the university and 70% course cuts (400 courses) closely looming now more than ever is strike action an essential component to fighting the battle, against the ideological austerity measures we face.
London Met has long been an establishment that enables many working class students to go to university. It is also the only university that teaches a course on Caribbean Studies. These cuts to London Met are not only dilapidating the university as a whole but are threatening the opportunities of the working class and the ability to study niche subjects. We also see threats to The Women’s Library, which holds the biggest collection of women’s literature inEurope.
This is not simply about cuts to the infrastructure of educational institutes but the deeper social repercussions that will occur. The alliance and solidarity of students and staff provides strong links within our community and with this London Met came out on strike and showed that all is not lost. Despite, the university facing some of the most horrendous cuts, towards higher education, staff, students and their supporters from surrounding universities will continue to fight against these government slashes.