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Justice for the Halesowen Four !

As you may be aware, David Muritu (Branch Secretary at Halesowen College) was dismissed from his job as Maths Lecturer at Halesowen College on December 20th. The College failed to follow their own disciplinary procedure or ACAS guidelines. The evidence provided did not, by their own admission, support an accusation of misconduct.

The College claims that the dismissal was made on the basis of David’s results (which are above the national average). David has been rated as a grade 2 (good) lecturer by the College’s own observation system.  Three more Maths Lecturers, all of them active UCU members, face disciplinary procedures and the imminent possibility of dismissal.

It is no coincidence that this action has been taken against active members and officers of the UCU branch at Halesowen College.  This is an attack on trade unionism, an attack on freedom, and an attack on education. It will have disastrous consequences for students and teachers.  Most importantly, David and the Maths team believe that all students have to the right to education.

UCU members have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action.

College Management Failings:

  • Refusal to pay for specialist cover (in spite of a huge surplus) for long term sickness and paternity leave, and lack of organisation in staffing of cover;
  • Lecturers expected to teach two different classes in two different rooms at the same time;
  • Groups being pushed together even though they are supposed to be covering different material;
  • Lecturers doing up to 7 cover slots, with no allowances made for planning and assessment;
  • Non-specialist staff regularly covering Maths sessions;
  • Failure to provide teaching for students in the vital run-up to exams.

What can you do to help?

Support David and the other accused lecturers by:

  • Downloading and distributing the leaflet
  • Signing the petition at http://tinyurl.com/Halesowen4
  • Sending messages of support to the Branch to HalesowenUCU_branch_secretary@hotmail.com
  • Joining the campaign team for the reinstatement of David Muritu and in defence of the other accused lecturer.  Email the branch secretary at the above address for more details.
  • Contacting the College Principal to show your protest at the dismissal and to call for David’s reinstatement. You can email him at KBATE@halesowen.ac.uk or write to him at Keith Bate, Principal, Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, B63 3NA

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