The library, along with other departments and classes were affected
Representatives of Glasgow Caledonian trade unions UCU, Unison, EIS and Unite expressed themselves as extremely heartened by the support they received from staff on 3rd December following the failure of the UK university managements to seriously negotiate a realistic wages offer with university staff.
Having leafleted GCU students the previous day asking for support for the staff action, which was then translated into a clear drop in student attendance on the 3rd, they also received a message of support from the GCU Students Association, which was backing up a earlier on-line survey of students which had also come out in favour of the planned action. Two of the Student Association officers also attended the Edinburgh rally held on the day of the strike.
A leaflet was issued the day before the action, asking for student support
Representing UCU Scotland at the lunchtime rally in Adelaide’s in Bath Street, local GCU president Douglas Chalmers called for the university management side to take their responsibility seriously and help create a properly resourced Higher Education sector where staff were treated in a professional manner, and students could be secure in knowing that they would be receiving a proper, well funded education.
Also speaking at the rally were Nick McKerrall President of EIS (also incidentally from GCU), and Unison Executive representative Davena Rankin – making up a triumvirate from Glasgow Caledonian, amongst the 5 strong speakers, with Gordon Casey from Unite and Ian Trushell bringing support from the Scottish Trades Union Congress.
I have attached the link below to show my statement of support and I would like to take this opportunity to express that the sabbatical team will be fully supporting the strike and that any presence you may have on campus in this day will be supported by GCUSA.
We have informed students that the strike is happening and that there will be a limited amount of disruption and I have worked with the University to ensure services are still opened in the base and the library remains along with the GCUSA building and services,
7.30 Taxi driver James wishes us all the best “it’s really about time somebody talked sense … my daughter’s studying mid-wifery at the Cally and you’ll get her support.” Thanks James.
7.45 “No problem’s insoluble with a big enough plastic bag” (Tom Leonard) So with three black bin bags full of stuff plus half a dozen helpers as we approach the gates to put the tables up, we feel invincible…….
Constructing the 'official' picket line....
7.48 Talking of Vince, our local UCU President, where is he with the coffee…….?
7.49 Vince here but no coffee yet ….”hard times….” he suggests…….
8.00 First students here…. I’m impressed
8.02 First discussion with a Head of department as comes in. They’re not overly impressed with management either……. Continue reading →
A joint statement from UCU and NUS Scotland calls for support from academics for the NUS campaign to reclaim their voice.
It says: “Students have been proud to be at the forefront of challenging the Coalition Government’s austerity measures. The dismantling of our education, for generations to come, is nothing short of criminal. So from demonstrating to lobbying, students and students’ unions have been campaigning as hard as we can against these moves.”
It goes on to say: “We have already seen calls from Principals to close courses, cut student numbers and introduce fees north of the border. All of this when the status quo would still not be good enough – one in three students are thinking of dropping out due to financial concerns, over half are in commercial debt and most have more hours in part-time work than they do in the classroom. Continue reading →