London Metropolitan University recently suspended Max Watson (UNISON NEC member for Higher Education, and Chair of London Met branch) and Jawad Botmeh (UNISON member at London Met, and elected staff governor), along with Professor Steve Jefferys.
The Branch has sent this message of support to Max, Jawad, Steve and London Met union activists:
Middlesex University UNISON Branch are outraged at the suspension by London Met University of Branch Chair Max Watson and his colleague Jawad Botmeh.
We see this as a direct attack by London Met management on UNISON activists and vehemently oppose any such attempts to undermine the effectiveness of their Branch.
Middlesex University Branch send our comrades at London Met our full support and solidarity.
Middlesex University UNISON Branch
The suspensions relate to alleged breaches of the university's appointment procedure. Both Max and Jawad strongly refute the allegations, and UNISON is committed to providing full support and representation to them both.
UNISON President Chris Tansley, the NEC, and Denise Ward, the Chair of UNISON's Higher Education service group executive (on behalf of the SGE), have all sent messages of full support to Max and Jawad.
The Steve Jawad Max Campaign has set up an online petition to gather support. Members and activists are encouraged to sign the petition.