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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2009

Striking at London Metropolitan

Staff at London Metropolitan university held a two day strike on 15 and 16 October against management attacks. Last year management cut over 350 jobs and are now attempting to drive through another 100 to 200 redundancies. They are also planning to shut down the last of the remaining three nurseries.

Both Unison and UCU members were on the picket line and generally got a good response from students, some of whom offered to hand out the strike leaflets in their classes. The pickets were generally well respected by staff with few going into work.

These attacks are part of the general attack on university and college funding but the higher education funding council are demanding that London Met pays back 38 million in 'overpayments'.

A 100-strong lunchtime protest of staff and students took place outside the Tower building at the university.

Chris Newby

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