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Issue No. 2039

Demonstrating against the Redhill RNIB closure

Demonstrating against the Redhill RNIB closure


There are just two weeks left until the ballot closes for the UCU national executive and general secretary positions. It is vital that lecturers use every opportunity to talk to their colleagues about the importance of voting for Roger Kline and the other UCU Left candidates.

This week UCU Left presidential candidate Tom Hickey was campaigning in Sheffield.

Angela Shann, a lecturer at Sheffield university, said, “We’ll be going around with Tom for a couple of days, visiting staff common rooms and the like. There isn’t one big meeting, it’s about getting as many people as we can involved.”

On Wednesday of last week UCU members, visually impaired students and their parents protested at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) headquarters in central London against the decision to close RNIB Redhill College in Surrey.

Roger Kline said, “RNIB has declined to meet us at a national level to consider alternatives or campaign to keep this facility open.

“It is no wonder that staff, students and concerned parents have taken the protest to the charity’s doorstep.

“There are still serious questions about the way this has been conducted and about the fate of students and staff. This is not the RNIB’s finest hour.”

Management at RNIB had declined to meet with union representatives. But, after being presented with a petition of over 1,000 signatures by the demonstrators, they agreed to discussions.

The demonstration heard moving testimony from parents about how the prospect of closure is affecting students at Redhill.

Further education colleges across Britain are also seeing lecturers come together to fight cuts.

The national campaign against the cuts in English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) is lobbying parliament next Wednesday, 28 February.

For details of campaigning in Sheffield contact angela.shann@sheffield.ac.uk For more information on the UCU Left campaign go to www.uculeft.org

To sign the petition against the Redhill closure go to www.petitiononline.com/ucu2007


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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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