As you may be aware more than 250 UNISON members working at London Metropolitan University have taken three separate days of strike action this summer after the university’s continuing financial issues left staff facing the threat of compulsory redundancy.
They have also undertaken action short of strike action including a ban on overtime working; not working outside contracted hours; and not covering for leave, sickness or training of colleagues.
London Met proposed 165 job cuts claiming costs needed to be reduced after student numbers fell substantially. UNISON has successfully negotiated the number of members facing compulsory redundancy down to just one: Max Watson, UNISON Branch Secretary.
UNISON is extremely concerned that Max Watson has been targeted in this way. Max is a longstanding activist and a staunch fighter of members’ interests and is the only member of staff in his whole faculty being made redundant. UNISON believes management is using this round of redundancies to deliberately target Max and has called on it to withdraw the notice of dismissal and stop the victimisation of UNISON representatives.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, has said in a message of support; ”We know from our struggles over the years that when employers are threatened they try to take out our leaders.
We all know that Max has been a redoubtable defender of UNISON members and that without his work many members would have lost their jobs as the University has sought to privatise and cut back, over the years. UNISON will do all it can to defend our members jobs.”
Max has his appeal hearing against redundancy dismissal on Thursday 27 August.
A rally in support of Max will take place between 12 and 2pm outside The Rocket (Great Hall), London Metropolitan Unversity, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Sign the branch’s petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/defend-max-watson-unison-branch-secretary-london-met-univesirty.html