Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Message of support from UNISON Tower Hamlets

To UNISON and UCU London Met University

I am writing on behalf of UNISON Tower Hamlets Local Government Branch to offer our support for your campaign to save jobs.

We believe that it is totally unacceptable that academic and other staff, many of whom will be low paid support staff should pay for financial mismanagement by senior staff.

These cuts will have a devastating impact on the staff affected, and can only have an adverse impact on students. London Met provides vital educational opportunities for working class students in Tower Hamlets.

Whilst your management appear to have a heavy responsibility for financial mismanagement we also believe that the government should not be imposing the full cut in funding. When banks have been brought to the edge of ruin by financial mismanagement this government has provided staggering amounts to bail them out. A tiny fraction of that kind of support would remove the need for any compulsory redundancies and enable trade union and student bodies to engage in constructive discussions with the University governing bodies about future funding.

Jobs and educational opportunities in Higher Education also need and deserve to be protected in a time of recession.

We hope to have a delegation on your protest tomorrow and wish you a great success with it.

Please keep us informed on the progress of your campaign and of any assistance we can provide.

In solidarity,

John McLoughlin
Branch Secretary
Tower Hamlets UNISON

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