Sunday, 31 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Email from Students' Union
This Thursday 28th May SOAS UNISON will hold a 1 day strike in solidarity with Jose Stalin Bermudez, the SOAS Postroom worker who was sacked earlier this term. Your Students' Union thinks you will find the following information useful:
Why are UNISON going on strike?
UNISON believe that one of their members was sacked unfairly. The formal school disciplinary procedure has run its course and members are now showing their solidarity with Stalin by staging a one day strike calling for his re-instatement. We have included below a joint UNISON/UCU statement that we first sent to all students on 1st May explaining the reasons behind the strike.
How will this affect me and my exams?
The SU have been in dialogue with both UNISON and the School in order to minimise disruption to students during this critical exam time. Whilst we cannot say for sure, it is highly likely the library will remain open but with reduced staffing. It is likely the computer rooms will be open, but with minimal or no IT support. UNISON are aware of the exams taking place over this period. If you have any questions or concerns about the impact of the strike on your studies you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the position of the Students' Union?
The Union is mandated to support the UNISON campaign to re-instate Stalin. We circulated information from UNISON earlier in the month. We will be providing an empowering lunch to those on the picket lines on Thursday and the sabbaticals will not cross the picket. We encourage students who intend to come in on Thursday to engage with the issue and act accordingly.
Ben, NIzam, Marya
Here's the full statement from UCU and UNISON
As we predicted, the School's hand-picked Star Chamber has rejected
Stalin's appeal against dismissal. Graham Furniss, Ian Brown and Matt
Craven, advised by Peter Mitchell the HR Director, would appear to
share the same perverted sense of justice as Sharon Page who sacked
Stalin in February.
SOAS UNISON, UCU, and the Student Union, along with several voices on Academic board, had called for a genuinely independent panel to hear the appeal. The School rejected that. Presumably they had no confidence in an independent panel to produce the result they wanted.
Stalin was absurdly accused by Sharon Page of a perceived "threat to kill" a colleague in September 2008. In fact, the original complaintcontains no such allegation. The perception explicitly relates to alleged "death threats" in 2007.
Those allegations had been found to be "unfounded and unsubstantiated" in an earlier grievance hearing. Never mind. The investigating managers and Sharon Page fell over themselves to use those unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations to support the complainant's perception. Sharon Page made her decision to dismiss Stalin on her perception of the complainant's perception. A more unsafe conclusion could not be imagined.
Read more HERE
Monday, 25 May 2009
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Tuesday, 19 May 2009
British, Belgian and Greek doctors, nurses and aid workers will go on hunger strike tomorrow over the Egyptian Authorities’ refusal to allow entry into Gaza.
After constant attempts aid workers, doctors and nurses, have been refused entry in to the Gaza strip by the Egyptian authorities. Some doctors have been waiting for forty days. Out of utter desperation and witnessing the treatment of Palestinians by the Egyptian authorities, aid workers and activists have been left with no choice except to go into hunger strike and stay at the Rafah crossing until they are allowed through into Gaza.
Although the Egyptian authorities had said the border was open for two days the fact is that non-Palestinians were not allowed to enter, even though some were Palestinian but held different nationalities.
Contact Dr Omar Mangoush
Monday, 18 May 2009
More on mine and hossams twitter.
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Will email more once known.
Other International activists are camping out in Rafah and will start a hungerstrike till Egyptian authorities allow them entry to Gaza
Friday, 15 May 2009
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Thursday, 7 May 2009
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Tuesday, 5 May 2009
On Monday (20/04/2009) an independent student initiative for the right to free education started a peaceful occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia. They organized this action demanding the right to free education for all and the elimination of all tuition fees, at all levels of higher education: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. During the occupation, everyone is free to enter and leave the Faculty building, but regular classes will not be held. Instead, students have organized an alternative educational program, which consists of lectures, public discussions, workshops, movie screenings and other happenings. Everyone is free to attend these happenings, whether they are students or not.
For more information about the reasons for the protest and why the students chose to carry it out in this manner, see frequently asked questions.
So far, we have received numerous letters of support from individuals and organizations, both at home and from abroad. Among those who have expressed support for our cause are Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek. Full list of who supports us can be accessed here.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
EXCLUSIVE on The Sauce
BRITAIN'S most senior policeman, Sir Paul Stephenson, was warned in writing that police violence would lead to “serious injuries or even deaths” just three weeks before Ian Tomlinson was pushed to the ground and killed by an officer.
The Met Police commissioner was warned by senior organisers from the Stop the War Coalition that riot officers were so out of hand they were putting the lives of "at serious risk" in a formal letter - backed up by a dossier of evidence.
Friday, 1 May 2009
GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. (Dont get this one?)
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.
At age 4 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . having a drivers licence.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . .. . having a drivers licence.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.