Monday, March 04, 2013

Stop London Met Victimisations

The senior management of London Metropolitan University seem driven to risky behaviour. If external forces don't plunge them into crisis (as the Border Agency did when it withdrew their ability to accredit overseas students), they do it themselves.

Not long ago they pioneered a madcap scheme for mass privatisation (suggesting that they aspired to be the Barnet of Higher Education). Now they have launched some of the most transparently unjust cases of victimisation seen in many years (

In a series of events which could almost have been scripted by Tom Sharpe, the management appear to have reacted to the election of an unwelcome staff governor by suddenly remembering a long disclosed criminal conviction. This they used not only to get the governor out of the way but, as a bonus, to suspend the union activist who had had a hand in his original appointment.

Captured by the logic of their actions they then had to suspend a leading academic in spite of the now obvious reputational damage to the University, as they ferociously paint themselves into an ever more irrational and reactionary corner.

The case was raised at UNISON's National Executive Council (NEC) last month - where an official message giving full support to the two UNISON members was sent, as recorded in the official report (

Tomorrow's public meeting (6.20pm at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA)( is therefore not only an opportunity to support the victims of this madness (Jawad, Max and Steve) - it is also a chance to rescue the management from themselves.

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