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Save London Metropolitan University – Thanks for your support

Many thanks to those unions who sent messages of protest to the Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University and circulated our call to ‘greylist’ the university. The following update went out to all our members at the end of last week.

Support for London Met campaign as greylisting continues to bite:

The campaign to Save London Metropolitan University continues to be buoyed by national and international support for greylisting of the institution. Organisations, conference speakers, and individuals from across the international academic and trade union community have all contacted us to say they will support their colleagues under threat by refusing to collaborate with LMU while greylisting is in force. As well as receiving support from academic unions in Ireland and Canada (you can read the Canadian Association of University Teacher’s letter here: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=829 ) the campaign continues to keep up the pressure on management as events and conferences are cancelled due to non-participation by our supporters. For example the ‘Qualitative Marketing Research’ career development event due to take place in November has been cancelled and letters of protest written to the vice-chancellor.

Please keep the information coming in and please DO continue to write to the vice-chancellor at LMU, Alfred Morris (Alfred.Morris@londonmet.ac.uk) to express your concern and your support of the greylisting (please copy to jstephens@ucu.org.uk. You can find up to date information on the campaign blog here http://savelondonmetuni.blogspot.com/2009/10/staff-and-students-strike-against-job.html

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