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College lecturers fight back
Week-long strike at London Met
LECTURERS AT London Met University are on strike for a week against management's attempts to force almost 400 of them into a contract they don't want. The university have threatened to sack lecturers who don't agree to the new contract, but have refused to negotiate any changes.
The new contracts are part of an increase in bureaucracy in the university which is widening the distance between staff and students; and trying to determine academic priorities without consulting academic staff. For example, the new contracts management are trying to impose don't include any time for lecturers to do research!
Students are also suffering as a result of these changes. Many feel that London Met is being run more as a business than as a university. The Socialist Students' Society, along with other students, has been campaigning to link students' concerns with the lecturers' dispute.
It is ridiculous that the lecturers have been forced to strike just to bring management to the negotiating table. It is time to make sure the university is really feeling the pressure.
Please send letters of protest to: Sir John Carter, Chair of Governors, c/o John McParland, London Met University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB. And copies to: Miss J Golden, NATFHE, 27 Britannia Street, London WC1 9BR.
More info: www.natfhe-london.org.uk
In The Socialist 19 May 2005: