LATEST – UCU calls for an international comprehensive academic boycott of London Metropolitan University
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How you can support the boycott
Members are asked to support the academic boycott in any way that they can. This may include not doing the following at London Met:
- applying for any advertised jobs
- speaking at or organising academic or other conferences
- giving guest lectures
- accepting positions as visiting professors or researchers
- writing for any academic journal which is edited at or produced by the institution in question
- accepting new contracts as external examiners for taught courses
- collaborating on new research projects.
NB: UCU members employed by LMU itself must not participate in the academic boycott in order to protect their contractual position.
Please note that the above advice will not ordinarily preclude members from supporting the boycott with regard to such things as refusing to apply for, or accept an external examiner’s contract, choosing not to provide a visiting lecture at LMU, choosing a research partner and so on since these are generally matters of individual academic autonomy. Members in any doubt about their contractual position should seek the union’s advice before acting.
For the avoidance of doubt, where any of the above activities forms part of your existing contractual duties or where you are otherwise unsure about this you should only refrain from doing them after your head of department (or line manager) has given you prior permission to do so. UCU is not asking or encouraging academics to act in breach of their contracts of employment.
If you have any queries please contact Matt Waddup at firstname.lastname@example.org
What you can do to support London Met UCU
Even if you do not currently engage in any of these activities, we ask you to make a public commitment to boycott in advance, and ask your colleagues to do likewise.
Further, we ask you to write to London Met’s Vice Chancellor and Chair of Governors to pledge your support for our campaign:-
Finally, we ask you to do your utmost to publicise the boycott and the issues at stake.
Letter – Resist the privatisation of HE – we pledge our solidarity to London Met UCU
An abridged version of this letter appeared in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday 6 August 2016.
We the undersigned, commit ourselves to a campaign of solidarity and support for the UCU branch at London Metropolitan University (LMU), in their battle for the future of the university.
At London Met, Unison and UCU are rallying outside the Tower Building at 12 noon.
In the Bloomsbury area, colleagues will protest outside the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) HQ, Woburn House, Tavistock Sq at 1pm, to progress collectively to Conway Hall for the Rally.
- The importance of the Region coming together for a united protest has increased since it was announced that a number of institutions in London – QMUL, UEL, Kingston and others – have threatened to make deductions of a whole day’s pay for the current two-hour strikes.
- We need to make good on the slogan: An injury to one is an injury to all.
- Fortunately, during a one-day strike, if not a two-hour one, it is possible for colleagues to come together between different colleges across London. The purpose of the rally is thus one of mutual solidarity and to mark the beginning of the next phase in our pay dispute.
Protest outside UCEA
Pay up – No pay docking!
1pm, outside Woburn House, Tavistock Square
London Region Joint Union Rally
Fair Pay in HE!
2pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square
Zero-hours contracts have no place in Higher Education
Wednesday November 13 2013, 5.30pm
London Metropolitan University, GCG08
(Tower Building opposite Holloway Road Tube Station)
Speakers to include: John McDonnell MP (tbc), Liz Lawrence (Vice President UCU), Katherine West (Leader Labour Group Islington Council), John Fox (Branch Chair Bakers Union Hovis), Jane Thompson (UCU HPL National Officer) plus UCU Member Edinburgh University
Jointly organised by London Met UCU, UNISON and Students Union
In some universities as many as half of all staff are on zero hours contracts.
The revelation that Zero Hours contracts (where the contract does not name a minimum number of hours to be worked) are used in Higher Education will come as a shock to many. Such contracts have been widely publicised in industries such as clothing (Sports Direct) and food retail (MacDonalds) but their use in universities has until now been under- reported. In fact the Higher Education sector is the second most casualised in the UK! The widespread use of ‘Hourly-Paid Lecturers’(HPLs) by universities is one example of the practice but it also applies to many technical and admin staff.
Zero-hours contracts give the employee only minimal rights. They lack job security, proper facilities or holiday pay and many have no access to sick pay or opportunities for professional development. HPLs have little control over their job and can’t plan their working life as their timetable can be changed without warning. Yet they have to hold themselves ready for any work that is going. Both the HPLs and the students they teach lose out in this system which can result in cuts and course changes to suit management priorities without proper consultation.
But the trend towards zero hours can be stopped and reversed. UCU members in Edinburgh University have forced management to stop using such contracts and strike action at Hovis in Wigan won permanent contracts for casualised workers. Others can do the same. Join our campaign for decent contracts for all hourly paid lecturers at all Universities in London.
Come to the meeting at London Met and help develop a charter for zero-hours workers.
Time to strike for fair pay in HE
All out this Halloween!
Pre-strike Public Meeting:
Tuesday 29 October, 6:30pm
Speakers including Paul Bridge (UCU), Andrew Murray (UNITE), Max Watson (UNISON NEC), Lorraine Monk (UCU NEC, FE), Ciara Doyle (DPAC) + more tbc
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Vernon Square Campus, Hall V211
Penton Rise, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9EW
Called by London Region UCU, supported by UNITE and UNISON