Staff and students will be utterly appalled by the recent announcement that the university intends to slash a further 165 jobs.
UNISON and UCU stand firmly against these damaging cuts – we say: enough is enough!
The kind of cuts foreseen are enough to virtually destroy entire Faculties.
The University has said they will make compulsory redundancies – a red line for both our unions.
And they wish to do this in the minimum time frame of just 45 days and during the Easter holiday period.
This disruption to people’s lives, putting people’s future at risk in such a rushed and stressful way is unacceptable.
The scale of the threat to entire areas is unforgivable and we cannot see how a certain Dean can look their own staff in the eye and justify these cuts given their own responsibility for the strategy that led to such a drastic decline in student numbers.
Equally, the devastating loss of our overseas students in 2012 is entirely the fault of the reckless leadership of senior management – from the Governors down to the Executive Group.
We cannot accept the same senior management team demanding we pay the price for their catastrophic decisions.
We have seen redundancies every year since 2009, when they proposed 550 job cuts. Large numbers of S188 redundancies followed, in 2011, 2012, and again in2013.
This ongoing slashing of jobs will mean the spiral of decline continues and the very future of the university will be threatened. Most galling, the very managerswho got us into this mess are the same people now deciding whose jobs to cut while continuing to implement their own failed strategies.
JOIN US, GET ORGANISED – COME TO OPEN JOINT UNION MEETINGS*
NORTH CAMPUS: Tuesday 24th
1-2pm Graduate Centre, Room: GCG-08
CITY CAMPUS Wednesday 25th
1-2pm Calcutta House, Room: CM4-05
* Membership forms available at the door
Also: Faculty of Business & Law open meeting organised by UCU Moorgate: MG-G12, Wed 18th March 1-2pm
Open letter to students opposing job cuts 2015
This is in response to the recent letter you received from John Raftery, London Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor.
It appears from his letter that the Vice-Chancellor believes you are currently being provided with far too much staff time and guidance. So much in fact that he wants to reduce the number of staff providing you with that support. He says this is what lies behind his decision to sack 165 of your lecturers and support staff. The very staff that are currently tasked with providing you with the support you require for your studies. As elected officers of the trade unions representing those staff we want to take this opportunity to provide you with our point of view.