Monday, 16 February 2009

First victory: Brian Roper has decided to drop disciplinary proceedings against Amanda Sackur. Now read on:

Amanda Sackur said:

"This is both an implicit recognition that the charges were politically motivated as an attack on the unions and a response to our campaign. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those, in London Met and in UCU regionally and nationally, who signed the petition, circulated material and sent me messages of support. It was all greatly appreciated and, clearly, very effective. We should also thank Barry Jones, our Regional Official, and Sally Hunt, our General Secretary, for their contributions. We are lucky to receive such solid support."

"Our campaigns are obviously bearing fruit. You may remember that when union reps were first informed of management's plans for redundancies, management told us that they intended to ask the governors for approval for a fourth voluntary redundancy scheme to run from Jan. 29th to Feb. 20th. We understand that the governors did approve the scheme and delegated responsibility for it to senior management. However, the closing date is fast approaching and the scheme has not even been announced! This is almost certainly because we pointed out that they could not run a voluntary scheme until they had consulted seriously on how they could avoid redundancies. Clearly, we have made them think twice about their plans. However, we should not be complacent: we have made them reconsider their approach but management still appear to be determined to make redundancies."

Now, remember this:
Brian Roper would never have made this U-turn if it hadn't been for the actions of the students, academic staff and the Unions.
This goes to show that our resistance against the unjust and undemocratic, top-heavy managerial system at the University works and we should regard this as our first victory of many in the near future.

So, let's keep up the good fight and if you would like to do something about this exceptionally unjust current situation at the University, please join us now!

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