Signed, Michael. Best of luck.
On 10 April 2018 at 19:38, Michael Szpakowski <m...@michaelszpakowski.org>
> 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
> Please also tweet, FB, e mail...
> Sign the Petition
> Sign the Petition
> tessmat...@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
> (‘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 withdrawn then a dispute will exist between the UCU and WUC and we will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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