18 February 2013
Speakers at the rally included: Eddie Rowley and Catherine Maguire, London Met UNISON Branch Committee; Monica Brady of “Freedom and Justice for Samar and Jawad”, the organisation set up to campaign against Jawad’s miscarriage of Justice; Mark Campbell, Chair of London Met UCU branch; and speakers who brought messages of solidarity from Tower Hamlets, Hackney Trades Council and Lambeth College.
Messages of support were also read out from local MP Jeremy Corbyn, President of UNISON Chris Tansley, and Chair of UNISON Higher Education Service Group Executive, Denise Ward.
The mass lobby was then brought to a close with chants of “Reinstate Max and Jawad!!”
Thank you to all those who attended the lobby and helped to publicise it and build support. The huge turnout sends a strong message to university management that we will not tolerate victimisation and intimidation of trade union members or this attack on the right of staff to democratically elect Jawad as our representative to sit on the Board of Governors. The support at the lobby also highlighted the huge amount of solidarity and goodwill for Max and Jawad as they arrived to face their hearings.
Following their hearings both Max and Jawad still remain suspended, as the university’s “investigation” continues.
Our campaign to have Max and Jawad reinstated therefore continues as vigorously as ever.
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Over 100 people rallied in defence of Max Watson and Jawad Botmeh at London Metropolitan University on Wednesday 13 February. Max, branch chair and Unison NEC member, and Jawad, a Unison branch activist have been suspended by management at London Met.
Their suspension is clearly part of a witch-hunt against London Met UNISON branch and therefore an attack on the very rights of workers to organise in the workplace and elect their own representatives.
The fact is Jawad declared his conviction, one which was totally unjust, when he first applied to work at London Met Uni back in 2008. He has been a valued colleague, friend and comrade ever since. Only after he was elected as a staff governor has it been raised.
Jawad’s conviction in 1996 is widely regarded as a miscarriage of justice.
Max is an inspirational and hard working branch Chair who has helped and supported countless UNISON members and fought tirelessly against job cuts and privatisation. It is a disgrace that they should be victimised in this way by management. We demand their immediate reinstatement!
by Eddy Rowley, Deputy Chair Unison LMU, (on behalf of LMU Unison branch committee)
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