Rises and falls 2

March 17, 2006

As one of the 23 staff who won an unfair dismissal case against the management of London Metropolitan University ("London Met staff win contract fight", March 10), I was staggered to read your report that showed that the man behind those dismissals, Brian Roper, was awarded a 12.6 per cent rise, taking his salary to £214,000 and making him the tenth highest paid vice-chancellor in the UK.

Not only does his increase, and those of his fellow vice-chancellors and principals, fly in the face of employers' propaganda about affordability when applied to our own rather meagre demands for equitability with professionals in similar demanding roles, it is also a slap in the face for the staff of London Met.

How can London Met senior management be allowed to preside over these industrial relations conflicts and still be awarded such riches? What does it take to recognise and remove bad management?

Mark Campbell London Metropolitan University

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