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Lecturers on picket line as they bring colleges to standstill

PUBLISHED: 12:54 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 05 October 2010

LECTURERS took to the picket line at university campuses in London this morning as their 24-hour strike got under way. Staff at the London Metropolitan are fighting to stop 550 posts being axed

By Gemma Collins

LECTURERS took to the picket line at university campuses in London this morning as their 24-hour strike got under way.

Staff at the London Metropolitan are fighting to stop 550 posts being axed.

They voted overwhelmingly for industrial action which has brought the university’s main campuses at Holloway, Whitechapel, Aldgate and Moorgate to a standstill.

Just a handful turned up on the picket at 8am at the campuses in Commercial Road and Old Castle Street in London’s East End.

RALLY

Most were heading straight to north London for a rally at 1pm at the main site in the Holloway Road and are claiming support from many of the 34,000 students.

“If we don’t fight we can’t possibly win,” university researcher Nick Clark told the East London Advertiser.“Now is the time when you need to put resources into education rather than have them snatched away.”

The university is being forced to repay £50 million to the Government after Whitehall auditors found drop-out rates were higher than stated and realised it had been overpaid by £15m a year since 2005.


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