We won our campaign – we were vindicated! UNISON blew the Sharks out of the water! See here for our initial statement.
Also see the report in the Times Higher Ed and in ‘Union-News‘, plus a write up by Max Watson, giving his account of how we won our successful campaign. Once again, we can stay Proud to be London Met UNISON!
Welcome to our campaign page against ‘Shared Services’ at London Met
Big sharks are circling & want their teeth into our jobs and education, don’t let the ‘JAWS’ of GREED ruin our appetite for JUSTICE! Join our campaign before all the important little fishes are eaten!
UNISON wants to stay ‘Proud to be London Met’, not be transferred to a new company:
• PROTECT OUR JOBS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – INCLUDING OUR PENSIONS
Talks have proved fruitless so UNISON is calling on members to take action to back us up. See our most recent action / latest news and scroll down for more info and how you can help the campaign:
Award winning investigative journalist, David Hencke, has broken the story of UNISON’s determination to stop the ideologically driven (and government backed) proposals to privatise London Met’s back offices. Read the rest here.
Local MP for Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn, has given his support to our campaign against “Shark Services”. Jeremy visited UNISON members at London Met last week to discuss proposals put forward by the university to privatize jobs and student support services though the “Shared Services” model. Read the rest here.
UNISON members lobbied the Board of Governors on Wednesday 4th July against the widely unpopular and untenable ’shared services’ proposals.
Wearing ‘Shark Services’ campaign tee-shirts, staff and students gathered to say ‘BT Go Home’! and ‘Two down, three to go!” UNISON members were uplifted by the recent news that the author of the business case for ‘Shared Services’ at London Met, David Andrews, plus his previous outsourcing company, Xchanging, had pulled out of the bidding process (photos, left, David Hardman)
reda the rest here: www.londonmetunison.org.uk/2012/07/board-of-governors-lobbied-4th-july/
Read the campaign launch: Staff want to stay ‘Proud to be London Met’ … the VC says we’re not allowed to be!
* two down, three to go
Some background: In December 2011, the University announced their decision to embark on a ‘Shared Services’ delivery of all support services.
UNISON published our response ‘We are London Met not Easy-Met!, and over one hundred UNISON members met in January, to launch a campaign for Education not Privatisation! Our motion against the privatisation of London Met support was passed unanimously: Education, not privatisation – We are London Met not Easy-Met motion.
Since then, both the London Regional Higher Educational committee and National Higher Education conference has passed policy supporting our campaign.
UNISON Branch reps wrote to the Governors outlining our concerns on their shock announcement, and asking for a meeting but we were turned down this basic request. Since then between January and March UNISON reps were in talks with Management that proved to be fruitless. At our AGM on 7th March, we passed policy that mandated our branch take action if talks fail.
Please support this campaign.YOUR JOB, TERMS and CONDITIONS DEPEND ON IT!
If you can’t come to these meeting but just have to have one of our new Shark Shirts, simple: Just contact your nearest rep and ask them for one.
Put up a poster in your workplace
Visibly show your are supporting this campaign. Ask for a colour-printed version form your local reps or come to our recruitment stalls.
Carry a Shark Card on you at all times!
If approached by any of the five companies who are circling like sharks, just say: “NO COMMENT!” Give these cards to your managers, tell them not to engage. You have the right to remain silent (!) and to talk to a UNISON rep – get in touch with a UNISON rep straight away.
Join us at one of our recruitment stands to show your support - even if you can only manage 10 minutes it will make a difference.
Talk to students about what ‘Shared Services’ could mean for the ‘student experience’.
Tell your local, community and professional networks why you want to Stay Proud to Be London Met. Email them this page and ask for their ideas on how we can work together.
GET CREATIVE! Send us photos of yourself (see here for our ‘virtual Lobby’ photos of 23rd May) and your ideas on what to do next. Let us know the questions YOU want answers to, volunteer to hand out leaflets, put up posters, and contact your local reps, and find out what else you can do to help.
If you are reading this and not a member yet – go here to join UNISON – together we are stronger!
FINALLY – MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS. WE NEED YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND YOUR WORK ADDRESS 100% CORRECT