Halesowen College maths lecturer Dave Muritu, also the secretary of the University and College Union at the college, was sacked on 20 December (the last working day before Christmas) following what the union has called a “kangaroo court”.
The college claims Dave was sacked for poor results, despite his results being above the national average. The entire disciplinary hearing was conducted in breach of the college’s own procedure, with no evidence against Dave submitted in advance. Three other lecturers and union activists in Dave’s department are now also facing similarly spurious disciplinary charges.
A statement from local supporters of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts said: “As the college has not submitted any evidence of any wrong doing by Dave Muritu, the only logical conclusion which can be drawn is that he was targeted for trade union work.”
The UCU is planning a strike to defend the four victimised lecturers. The NCAFC has committed to mobilising student support.
• Sign the petition in support of Dave here