London Metropolitan University staff strike over cuts

London Met university
Image caption London Met attracts many low-income and ethnic minority students

Staff at a north London university are protesting over a decision to cut two thirds of its courses.

Picket lines were set up outside London Metropolitan University's buildings by Unison and University and College Union (UCU) members.

UCU spokesman Cliff Snaith said the courses being cut was "extremely depressing and demoralising to current students and staff".

The university said it was "disappointed" by the strike.

Dozens of members from the two unions protested outside university buildings on Holloway Road and Highbury Fields in north London.

'Difficult period'

Lectures and exams at the university have finished for the academic year but a meeting of the board of governors was being held on Wednesday.

"We want a university where we are not dictated to by a management that appears to be following another agenda," Mr Snaith said.

"Students have been forced onto courses they weren't expecting to take.

"We demand genuine consultation with regard to the future of all aspects of delivery including courses, research and student support services."

A London Metropolitan University spokeswoman said: "London Metropolitan University is disappointed that members of its recognised trades unions, UCU and Unison are today taking one day strike action.

"We understand that this is a difficult period for staff at London Met but industrial action is not the answer.

"A formal governors disputes panel was set up and attended by senior management.

"Senior management have also met with the concerned parties to maintain a dialogue."

Courses in subjects including performing arts, history, Caribbean studies and philosophy are being cut by the university.

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