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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Dispute over? 


trainspotter1
So our dispute is over. Good! I also think it’s very good that the hidden workers in Higher Education are being recognized for their contribution…but I’m not sure how public perceptions of academics may have been influenced by our action. We’ve lived through a status erosion and our working conditions (group sizes, accommodation and so on) have generally followed a downward trend. I’m pleased students will now get their marks, their degrees and so on, but worry about the future….particularly now Prince Charles is into teacher training!

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I am glad to hear this good news too.
 
I'm pleased that the dispute is over too. Apart from everything else, our VC was going to dock our wages by 20% (he still might). So much for our community of teachers, researchers and learners. We were lucky. to have the vocal support of our student union. When the chips are down it's simply about working to contracts. The dispute is 'joined up' to the whole 'commodification of learning' thing.
 
Mmmmm, have we lost our way? the unions are different, mine want to sell to me and have sent Joon Whitfield to offer me a funeral plan.
I saw the article about Prince Charles, but mis-read and got all excited because I thought Billy Bragg was presenting it (Melvyn Bragg is a bit different.)
 
Ha Ha!! But, a subtle twist in the action thing is that we've yet to vote on the deal....
 
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