Education

Organising academics as workers

Submitted by AWL on 26 November, 2013 - 12:25

Academics love nothing more than having a moan about the terrible state of the neo-liberal university. We tend to be slightly less enthusiastic when it comes to getting up from our desks and doing something about it. This has begun to change, however, as pockets of resistance have begun to emerge at several different British universities in the last few years.

Job cuts threat at Lambeth College

Submitted by AWL on 30 May, 2013 - 3:58

Bosses at Lambeth College in south London could cut make 40 workers redundant as part of a cuts plan to save nearly £4 million.

In a statement, the college management said it had begun a consultation with the 97 staff members who could be affected by the cuts, which it says "could potentially result in 30-40 redundancies."

Unions at the college are organising against cuts, with a demonstration planned for Saturday 15 June. Activists in both Unison and the University and College Union say they will be pushing for strikes.

Lecturers strike against sackings

Submitted by AWL on 12 February, 2013 - 10:50

Lecturers at Halesowen College will strike on Thursday 14 February to demand reinstatement for four colleagues sacked for trade union activity.

The University and College Union (UCU) strike ballot returned a 75% majority in favour of striking. Strikers will also deliver a giant “Valentine’s Day card” petition to college bosses, containing more than 12,000 signatures in support of reinstatement.

Gove tries to claim Gramsci

Submitted by martin on 7 February, 2013 - 12:21

Speaking on 5 February, Tory education minister Michael Gove claimed to have been inspired by Antonio Gramsci, who was a leader of the Italian Communist Party in its early years.

Either Gove has never read Gramsci, or he is lying about him.

Especially since Harold Entwistle wrote his book Gramsci: Conservative Schooling for Radical Politics, it has become quite widely accepted on the left that Gramsci had what would now be called 'reactionary' views about schooling, or even about education in general.

Venezuela: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Submitted by AWL on 13 December, 2012 - 3:36

“Anybody familiar with Stalinism will know the technique; figures record yet another triumphant over-fulfilment of the five-year plan while the peasants drop dead of starvation in the fields.”

NCAFC held its AGM last weekend in Birmingham where Student Broad Left – the student front of Socialist Action – proposed a motion so absurd that only the four members of Student Broad Left present at the NCAFC conference voted in favour of it.