Goldsmiths action grows

Submitted by AWL on 17 June, 2020 - 12:24 Author: Cathy Nugent
Goldsmiths UCU

Fixed term teaching staff have joined the marking boycott at Goldsmiths, started by Associate Lecturers (ALs) and Graduate Trainee Tutors (GTTs). They are also “working to rule”, performing only contractual duties. The college, part of University of London, has been planning cuts since the start of the year and wants to sack 163 academics on fixed term contracts and 309 ALs and GTTs.

The college is putting through the sacking by allowing the contracts of these staff to expire.

According to research by staff at Goldsmiths, around 75% of those being laid off are from a BME background. That is a huge loss to the college, in terms of knowledge and skills and for BME students, who have consistently argued for the need for more BME teachers as role models and mentors. The college has yet to produce an equalities impact assessment on these plans.

Fixed term staff are demanding an extension of their contracts at least until 31 October, when the college will know how many new students have enrolled.

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