Uni + HE strike on Tuesday 7th March

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Caiman del Barrio
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Feb 26 2006 22:49
Uni + HE strike on Tuesday 7th March

OK I've decided to quit procrastinating and actually be of some use to the movement so I'm wondering what ideas people had for this?? Specifically in reference to Goldsmiths students obviously but I'm interested to hear suggestions from other people.

I was marginally involved in some actions on campus at my then local uni during the AUT strike against higher tuition fees (whenever that was), but now I'm slightly more comfortable with taking the intiative. As concerns Goldsmiths, I'm thinking maybe emailing the Peace Campaign, seeing if they wanna get involved (they do CAAT and UAF stuff after all). Failing that, the SU?? Or is that just unrealistic...I know sweet fuckall about them.

Admin - main strike thread here: http://libcom.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8222

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Feb 27 2006 09:55

from my experience of SUs (was an officer at one for 2 years), they tend to be afraid to act as a body. it's worth speaking to people on an individual basis though. alas, it might also be worth speaking to the SWPers because they tend to have their fingers in a lot of pots (that's what i'm gonna do at queen mary's embarrassed )

i'm prob just going to get out there, perhaps with a thermos of coffee and some biscuits, and keep it real in da hood.

there's not a lot the mass of students will do- they tend to be afraid of the whole workplace activism thing from my experience

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Feb 27 2006 10:04

haharrrrr

just read the organise thread.

i very much like the 'lecture cancelled' signs- especially if they're for lecturers who aren't striking 8)

maybe i was a little pessimistic. it might be an idea to make some leaflets for the students telling them about the strike and then perhaps encouraging them to go to the pickets and say hi.

bleughhh occupations. yuck.

fun, but yuck anyway.

maybe people could D-lock themselves to the VC grin

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Feb 27 2006 19:59

Tommy Ascaso - that sounds cool but surely it's not strictly necessary?? If they're otherwise engaged (haha), surely it just needs a handful of people on campus on the day??

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Feb 28 2006 10:48

I very much doubt the students union will be doing much - if anything - about this. It's election time after all, and they wouldn't want to look like they were actually political or anything.

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Feb 28 2006 15:37

I'm getting in touch with GAUT about it.

http://www.gold.ac.uk/aut/zofficers.html

Which one do I email? One of them is in fact my personal tutor...

I had in mind a poster campaign, both urging students to support the strike with non-attendance (hah!) and also specific posters outside lecture halls and buildings saying the college has shut down. If we're feeling really adventurous, we could produce a leaflet. Anything else, we should probably let GAUT take the lead.

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Mar 1 2006 00:36
Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
Anything else, we should probably let GAUT take the lead.

Well, you could try and find who any militants or activists are, if there are any who aren't union bureacratic types.

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Mar 1 2006 14:52

As concerns getting in touch with GAUT, I'm pretty new to these parts so I lack the know how as to finding "militants". Like I said, my personal tutor's involved and I get the feeling he's quite far over to the left but I'm reluctant to put him in an awkward position, since surely he shouldn't be encouraging me to participate in those kinda activities?? Ah whatever, I need to quit procrastinating, I have an essay to write so this needs to get done. Is anyone else up for doing things on the day?? Otherwise I won't bother. I also think it would be good to stick some posters up round college over the next couple of days urging students to support the strike. Shouldn't take very long, perhaps two one hour sessions a couple of days apart. Tommy Ascaso if you're a politics student, you have till the end of term to do your essays so you can spare the time. tongue

Tommy Ascaso - which one is it?? I read all their manifestos and they all seemed like standard liberal wishy washy types (the last one seems a little soft Trot).

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Mar 1 2006 15:06
Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
As concerns getting in touch with GAUT, I'm pretty new to these parts so I lack the know how as to finding "militants".

The picket lines should be a good place...

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Mar 1 2006 15:06

Which one Tommy Ascaso? Please don't tell me it was Gemma - she's a really good mate and I love her and I'd hate to have to hate her eek

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Mar 1 2006 15:17
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Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
As concerns getting in touch with GAUT, I'm pretty new to these parts so I lack the know how as to finding "militants".

The picket lines should be a good place...

Pithy. wink wink wink wink wink

I was meaning before the day itself, a bit of preparation wouldn't go amiss.

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Mar 1 2006 16:45

But Martin's "for peace and socialism"!! Wanker!!

Am I gonna be doing this on my own then btw??

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Mar 1 2006 17:21

I've emailed my tutor on a hunch, since emailing the entire executive doesn't seem to work.

I've also written an A4 poster calling on students to support the strike. I wrote it quickly and it's only a draft, but be gentle with the inevitable criticisms:

STUDENTS

SUPPORT THE LECTURERS’ STRIKE ON TUESDAY

ON TUESDAY, THE AUT AND NATFHE ARE STRIKING IN ORDER TO DEMAND THEIR PROMISED AMOUNT OF THE NEW TOP UP TUITION FEES. THIS ISSUE AFFECTS ALL OF US, STUDENTS AND LECTURERS.

WHEN TOP UP FEES WERE THRUST ON US IN 2004, LECTURERS WERE PLEDGED 30% OF THE EXTRA FUNDS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND UNIVERSITY AUTHORITIES. HOWEVER, NOW THEY’RE TRYING TO WEASLE OUT OF THAT COMMITMENT (CHECK www.aut.org.uk FOR MORE).

IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE CALL OUT THE UNIVERSITY AUTHORITIES AND MAKE SURE THEY KEEP THEIR PROMISES. TODAY THEY’RE DENYING LECTURERS A PAY RISE, TOMORROW IT COULD BE US STUDENTS WHO ARE BEING DENIED FUNDS – FUNDS FOR A GYM, MORE LIBRARY BOOKS AND WHATEVER ELSE.

MOREOVER, IT’S NOT UNFAIR TO DEMAND THAT THE EXTRA MONEY COMING INTO THE UNI SHOULD BE PUT INTO ITS EDUCATION. WE STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THIS AS MUCH AS THE LECTURERS DO.

AND IF LECTURERS KNOW THEY CAN RELY ON STUDENTS’ SUPPORT, THEN WE CAN DEMAND THEIR SUPPORT NEXT TIME WE HAVE AN ISSUE WE NEED TO ACT ON. WHICH IS WHY I SAY:

SUPPORT THE STRIKE – SKIP CLASS ON TUESDAY

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Mar 1 2006 18:55
Tommy Ascaso wrote:
Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
Am I gonna be doing this on my own then btw??

Oh yeah, I'll try and help out, but my essays are due in on the 17th and I need to get a fair bit done

I have an essay in for Monday too. How about this, just one postering session round college on Friday or Monday (or both), and then some support for the pickets on Tuesday?? I'll see what my tutor says as to what they might like us to do.

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Mar 3 2006 11:50

Just to update this for Goldsmiths students and anyone who maybe in New Cross/north Lewisham area on Tuesday, we're meeting outside Goldsmiths' main entrance (with the GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON sign, opposite Viva Zapata) at 9.50am this Tuesday (7th) in order to leaflet students arriving into class and then take it from there. Thermoses, biscuits, and anything else you might think people standing in the cold all day might appreciate are welcomed.

Jason I'll PM you my mobile number. Anyone else who plans on coming down get in touch and I'll do the same.

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Mar 3 2006 17:11

i'm baking fairy cakes.

in your faces goldsmiths scum, queen mary's is where it's at.

tongue

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Mar 4 2006 16:44

I met a Queen Mary student last night. She was lame.

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Mar 6 2006 12:01

yeah, like whatEVER!

hehe, i've just made a fake memo from the principal to put up around uni black bloc

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Mar 6 2006 15:20
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hehe, i've just made a fake memo from the principal to put up around uni black bloc

Haha, incredible. What did it say??

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Mar 6 2006 15:30

The Principal’s Office

C/o Finance Department

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

6th March 2006

FAO all staff and students,

Re. Strike, Tuesday 7th March.

We regret to announce that due to the interests of big business the economic and academic welfare of staff and students at the college has hereby been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause such as job insecurity, danger of falling levels of academic rigour in teaching and research, rising levels of student debt, increasing involvement of business in academia, pensions crises and other minor issues.

If you wish to make any comments on this issue the Principal is happy to talk between 3.24am and 3.25am every sixth Sunday of the month. In the meanwhile, all staff and students are encouraged to continue their day-to-day activities, ignoring all picket lines and anything else that might make the college management look as bad as it really is.

Yours superficially,

The Management Team

it's got a QM letterhead on the real one too

grin grin grin grin grin

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Mar 6 2006 18:27

If you can produce official memos then some lecture cancelled notices, as mentioned above, might be useful.

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Mar 6 2006 18:30

Hope u get better reactions than i do with ppl off my course:

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What a spam.

Anthropologists should know that this is another conspiracy theory by the teachers who will profit from another day off at the expense of the international students who pay so much tuition fees. The strike will not make a difference for a prat like [the director of the university] whose only motivation is of course money.

So no thanks and don't let me waste time again.

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Mar 6 2006 19:00
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Hope u get better reactions than i do with ppl off my course:
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What a spam.

Anthropologists should know that this is another conspiracy theory by the teachers who will profit from another day off at the expense of the international students who pay so much tuition fees. The strike will not make a difference for a prat like [the director of the university] whose only motivation is of course money.

So no thanks and don't let me waste time again.

hey mate, this is understandable reaction from students, which is why we would need to stress the call for the unions to keep up the demands to scrap top up fees! (hence the line about the stolen cake in the leaflet)

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Mar 6 2006 22:03

Not sure what to make of one lecturer's response:

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The lecture will be held, as I cannot see any point in disrupting your learning (I would merely have to reschedule the lecture, and I cannot see the point!). However I will be officially signing up to the strike and taking a cut in pay as a result of doing so.
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Mar 6 2006 22:56

that's bizarre.

My lecturer apologised for cancelling and said he would reschedule even though it was against the spirit of the strike.

Fuck international students, anyone who can afford the fees is fucking mad rich anyway.

ps rkn that person is obviously a cunt, get the picket to attack him or her.

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Mar 6 2006 23:01
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ps rkn that person is obviously a cunt, get the picket to attack him or her.

The internationl student or the lecturer?

The lecturer is an old school south african marxist.

Another of my lectures told us she was striking, but yeah she wouldnt reschedule because that would miss the point - however she will put it online - virtual scabbing? wink tongue

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Mar 6 2006 23:48

Mr "What a spam" should be beaten to death, not just for his shite politics but for his abuse of the English Language.

I am really wondering if threy'll picket. I told Jack I wouldn't cross a picket line so if they do then I'll have a few hours free smile

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Mar 6 2006 23:52

Its a Miss i think wink

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I tell you why it's a bloody conspiracy.

First, I understand the teachers are boycotting the classes tomorrow to receive that extra 30% of that money that will come from the top-up fees to increase their salaries at the expense of the poor students who have to pay more. How much are the lecturers will increase their salaries??? You should tell me that first. I don't think first of all that is fair for poor students. They should be rather fighting bloody hard against the top-up fees and the likes of [director]

The bit about them talking about increasing the quality of the teaching is where the ideology and the conspiracy comes in. These are absolute rubbish excuses because it is obvious money can not improve the quality of teaching. For example, I am sure you have been through [lecturer] lectures for AN101. Do you think giving more money to her will help improve the quality of her boring, nonsense lectures? I don't think so. Do you think giving more money to the PhD part time teachers will help improve their communication skills? I don't think so. Do you think we are going to have a bigger anthropology library with more books with that extra money? I don't think so. If you have managed to understand that [same lecturer] lecture (which I did not unfortunately in the first year), you will see that you are a victim of 'false consciousness' an ideological tool used by the teachers who are fooling us with beautiful speeches like capitalists do in Marxist sense.

Secondly, because of the cancellation of the classes tomorrow some of us may fail the exam and do one more year of anthropology, paying more money to [UNI] and people like [director] will pocket it even more. If you care about the quality of the teaching then why not give us classes when we need it the most? Maybe the teachers can boycott when our exams take place which will do more damage to the [UNI] and help every one who is involved? Why do they have to boycott at this time? Personally I paid 11000 pounds this year for this rubbish and the first year it was 9800 (still a lot of money). Where does this increase come and where is it going? At least I want to get back what I have paid and if teachers start boycotting classes of course I will be fucking furious ( though it is true that I sometimes don't go to classes)

I don't believe in strikes because look all the demonstrations against Bush Blair, WTO, etc. I even joined the march in front of the Downing Street two years ago when Bush was here but it turned out to be wasted effort. Teachers know they can't do anything about [director] who is acting like US today and it seems to be another excuse for them to enjoy their another day off.

I hope you get it by now...

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Mar 7 2006 08:11

Hey good quotes from bosses and politicians which show their double standards and (yikes!) betrayal about this issue of creaming off the top up fees but then backing off for using any of that for staff:

Throughout the history of the Joint Negotiating

Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES),

employers have repeatedly made clear that they want

to see more money spent on staff, whenever funding

allows.' Dr Geoffrey Copland, Chairman of the

Universities and Colleges Employers Association

(UCEA), 11 May 2005

'Not only are we putting in an extra £3 billion from

the taxpayer, but an extra £2 billion will come

through existing fees and through the increase.

University vice-chancellors tell us that, in general,

at least a third of that money will be put back into

the salaries and conditions of their staff. That will

make an enormous contribution in tackling a very

serious and deep-seated problem.' (Former Higher

Education Minister Alan Johnson in the House of

Commons, 29 April 2004)

'The funding backlog for university infrastructure,

estimated at £8bn, is damaging facilities for

students and researchers. The shortfall of teaching

funding has badly hit the salaries of academic staff,

which have shown practically no increase in real

terms over two decades.

This at a time when professionals in virtually every

other sector, including school teaching and the

health professions, have improved their positions

significantly; and when competition among graduate

employers at home and abroad for the most talented

potential university researchers and teachers is

greater than ever.

An estimated 1,000 UK academics have left jobs here

for universities abroad, a quarter alone going to the

US.’ (Prime Minister Tony Blair, speech on the HE

Bill at IPPR, 14 January 2004.)

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Mar 7 2006 08:14
rkn wrote:
Not sure what to make of one lecturer's response:
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The lecture will be held, as I cannot see any point in disrupting your learning (I would merely have to reschedule the lecture, and I cannot see the point!). However I will be officially signing up to the strike and taking a cut in pay as a result of doing so.

this is really mental way of seeing the strike eek

Anyways, to the point of his self sacrificing guilt trip issue of signing up and taking a cut in pay - BOLLOCKS!

Strikers should resist for signing up to anything, and not volunteer their details to HR/payroll that they have been on strike. fuck them, if they want to cut the days pay and want to know who is striking and who is not, let them go around counting heads!

At manchester we are NOT volunteering any information about who is striking and who is not.

Have a good day folks!

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Mar 7 2006 08:32
rkn wrote:
Its a Miss i think wink
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I tell you why it's a bloody conspiracy.

First, I understand the teachers are boycotting the classes tomorrow to receive that extra 30% of that money that will come from the top-up fees to increase their salaries at the expense of the poor students who have to pay more. How much are the lecturers will increase their salaries??? You should tell me that first. I don't think first of all that is fair for poor students. They should be rather fighting bloody hard against the top-up fees and the likes of [director]

The bit about them talking about increasing the quality of the teaching is where the ideology and the conspiracy comes in. These are absolute rubbish excuses because it is obvious money can not improve the quality of teaching. For example, I am sure you have been through [lecturer] lectures for AN101. Do you think giving more money to her will help improve the quality of her boring, nonsense lectures? I don't think so. Do you think giving more money to the PhD part time teachers will help improve their communication skills? I don't think so. Do you think we are going to have a bigger anthropology library with more books with that extra money? I don't think so. If you have managed to understand that [same lecturer] lecture (which I did not unfortunately in the first year), you will see that you are a victim of 'false consciousness' an ideological tool used by the teachers who are fooling us with beautiful speeches like capitalists do in Marxist sense.

Secondly, because of the cancellation of the classes tomorrow some of us may fail the exam and do one more year of anthropology, paying more money to [UNI] and people like [director] will pocket it even more. If you care about the quality of the teaching then why not give us classes when we need it the most? Maybe the teachers can boycott when our exams take place which will do more damage to the [UNI] and help every one who is involved? Why do they have to boycott at this time? Personally I paid 11000 pounds this year for this rubbish and the first year it was 9800 (still a lot of money). Where does this increase come and where is it going? At least I want to get back what I have paid and if teachers start boycotting classes of course I will be fucking furious ( though it is true that I sometimes don't go to classes)

I don't believe in strikes because look all the demonstrations against Bush Blair, WTO, etc. I even joined the march in front of the Downing Street two years ago when Bush was here but it turned out to be wasted effort. Teachers know they can't do anything about [director] who is acting like US today and it seems to be another excuse for them to enjoy their another day off.

I hope you get it by now...

Maybe I should talk to her in person wink

I think that would make me a counter-revolutionary force though. sad