Leeds EAN launch THIS FRIDAY
June 16, 2011 Leave a comment
This is a message from Christian and Lucy, two postgrads and part-time teaching assistants at Leeds Metropolitan University who are launching an Education Activist Network this Friday in order to build amongst non-unionised teaching staff, postgraduate students and non-academic staff for June 30 strikes.
Their message to the Leeds Met community is the following:
The strike matters to Postgrads…
As PhD researchers, we are in a situation (like many other University employees) in which our position at the University is precarious, and many of us hope that at some point we will be able to gain secure employment at Leeds Metropolitan University or other academic institutions. The government is intent on making this more and more difficult by removing the securities of the job, casualising academic contracts and labour and undermining the skills and expertise of lecturers. We must resist the changes the government is making to higher education institutions that will affect our prospects of fair and secure employment in the future.
Your PORESO & UCU postgrad Reps have organised a FREE LUNCH for postgraduate students, at which you can meet other postgrads and staff, discuss your rights as postgraduate students/part time lecturers with UCU members and find out about the strike, the union, and the ongoing fight to defend education.
PORESO and UCU are also working with others to support the Leeds branch of the EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK (EAN) https://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/, a national, coordinated network of academic students and staff working to build resistance to the government and their austerity measures. If you would like to get involved in helping us with this, come along for a sandwich and chat. (If you are unable to attend, let us know by email if you would like to be involved with the EAN and we will be in touch.)
Contact Leeds Met EAN at firstname.lastname@example.org