Max Watson, chair of London Metropolitan University Unison, told Solidarity about the union’s campaign against course closures.
Our ballot for industrial action starts tomorrow, 25 May, and closes on 10 June.
We’re calling for a yes both for strike action, and for action short of a strike, so we can impose a work-to-rule. We don’t believe this fight will be won through one day of strike action; it will take a long campaign. We have an organising strategy which involves mobilising and involving all our members in the action, as well as recruiting new ones.
The student union has passed a motion of support. We’ve supported their struggle against cuts, and they’re supporting ours. They know that when library workers, support staff, learning development staff go out, we’ll be striking not just for ourselves, but for their education too. We have full support from London Met UCU, who are also balloting for action.
Jeremy Corbyn has tabled an Early Day Motion,