[NetBehaviour] Fw: brutal job and course cuts where I work -please sign the petition

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Apr 11 00:21:29 CEST 2018


Funny not funny how the people who are the most obsessed with an
aesthetic of businesslike behaviour are the least able of identifying
those courses that most add to their bottom line.
- Rob.

On Tue, 10 Apr 2018, at 3:14 PM, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:
> Hi Michael, 
> I have signed it but will add comments tomorrow when I've got more
> time - they are utter scum.> 
> wishing you & those losing their jobs well.
> marc
> Marc Garrett
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> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On 10 April 2018 8:50 PM, Michael Szpakowski
> <m at michaelszpakowski.org> wrote:> 
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>> Begin forwarded message:
>> On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8:27 pm, Michael Szpakowski
>> <m at michaelszpakowski.org> wrote:>>> Thanks so much Gill!
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone[3]
>>> On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:42 pm, Gill Davies
>>> <gill.davies at gmail.com> wrote:>>>> Signed, Michael.  Best of luck.
>>>> On 10 April 2018 at 19:38, Michael Szpakowski
>>>> <m at michaelszpakowski.org> wrote:>>>>> 
>>>>> And for those of you who have a connection with the course and
>>>>> with Writtle, please leave a comment...If you're an artist or
>>>>> writer &c any sort also please identify yourself... :)>>>>> I'm pasting below my sig the motion passed today nem con in our
>>>>> UCU branch meeting..>>>>> Please also tweet, FB, e mail...
>>>>> thanks!
>>>>> Michael
>>>>> Sign the Petition[4]
>>>>> Sign the Petition

>>>>> tessmaths1 at gmail.com: Defend Education at Writtle university
>>>>> College! No to course cuts, no to redundancies!
>>>>> This branch *feels* a sense of déjà vu.
>>>>> This branch *notes *that whilst members, other teachers and
>>>>> support staff were conscientiously doing their usual best the
>>>>> entire senior management team *failed*.>>>>> *Failed* to see any problem coming, *failed* to open up any sort
>>>>> of discussion and *failed* to show any concern for staff as
>>>>> evidenced by the inept and cold-blooded way in which a package of
>>>>> course cuts and job losses was presented as a fait accompli, the
>>>>> day before the Easter holiday weekend.>>>>>  
>>>>> This branch *notes *the Vice Chancellor’s highly insulting comment>>>>>  
>>>>>  “*We have not driven the business to achieve excellence – our
>>>>>  portfolio, in HE especially, is too broad for us to be
>>>>>  outstanding in all fields of study*”>>>>>  
>>>>>  (‘Strategic Change Agenda’ p3 bullet point three)
>>>>> This branch *notes* that the VC and presumably the SMT believes
>>>>> that Writtle University College is a ‘business’  (ibid.) rather
>>>>> than an educational institution.>>>>>  
>>>>> This branch *notes *the hugely successful campaign waged by our
>>>>> colleagues in the pre 1992 universities to defend their pension
>>>>> rights and also the recent no-confidence vote by Open University
>>>>> UCU members in their vice chancellor when faced with a similar
>>>>> package of cuts, a similar rationale and similarly insulting
>>>>> language.**>>>>>  
>>>>> This branch *believes* in education.
>>>>> This branch *believes *that the entire SLT at Writtle has *failed,
>>>>> *we have *no confidence* in it and therefore *resolve* to call
>>>>> upon all its members to resign forthwith and for the governors to
>>>>> replace it with a team which believes that the 100 year plus
>>>>> educational legacy of Writtle deserves celebrating and defending,
>>>>> rather than yet another round of cuts.>>>>>  
>>>>> This branch further *resolves* to call upon the governors to
>>>>> withdraw the cuts and closure proposal by the end of this week. If
>>>>> the package is not withdrawn then a dispute will exist between the
>>>>> UCU and WUC and we will seek permission to ballot for industrial
>>>>> action.>>>>>  
>>>>> This branch *resolves* to inform students of what is happening,
>>>>> both directly and through the NUS and to seek their active support
>>>>> for a public campaign against the cuts package including, but not
>>>>> limited to, social media and a Change.org petition.>>>>>  
>>>>> In addition we *resolve* to seek common ground in fighting the
>>>>> cuts with our colleagues in other WUC unions and other UCU
>>>>> branches.>>>>>  
>>>>> Passed nem. con.
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