Thursday, 29 January 2009

Morning Star: 'UNISON and UCU join forces to slam London Met job cuts'

From the Morning Star:

UNION leaders slammed plans by London Metropolitan University to axe more than 330 jobs on Wednesday and urged the government to provide emergency funding to avoid the cuts.

Support staff union UNISON joined the University College Union and the National Union of Students in condemning the "complete incompetence" of the university's senior management.

They also criticised education ministers' decision to slash the university's funds by £18 million, which has been used to justify the job cuts.

In a joint statement, the unions said that they stood "united in calling on the Higher Education Funding Council for England to provide an emergency funding package that will ensure the institution's immediate sustainability.

"We are also calling on London Metropolitan's management to work with unions and staff in a transparent way in order to set the university's finances and governance on a sound footing for the future."

UNISON leader Dave Prentis sent a message of support to staff at the university who are facing the cuts.

"It cannot be right that more than 330 staff at London Met are being forced to pay the price for the complete incompetence of the university's senior management team," he stormed.

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