Bullying is becoming commonplace in colleges and universities. A delegate from Newcastle College told Socialist Worker about the potential consequences.
“We’ve heard of two attempted suicides by lecturers over the past year,” they said.
“That’s two in one year, in one workplace. That should raise a lot of questions.
“There’s a culture of fear at the college.
“One member described to me how their manager had bullied them.
“They stood behind them and dictated a letter of resignation—which the lecturer had to type up.
“The manager wanted the lecturer to say that they had very much enjoyed working with the manager.
“When the lecturer refused, the manager reached over to type it.
“Our management has been restructuring every year for the past three years, but never on this scale. They’ve issued 171 redundancy notices, including 124 teaching staff.
“But it is not a cash strapped college, it is part of a group that makes a surplus. We think the answer is simple—spend the money on teaching.
“Our union is planning a rolling programme of action.
“We’ve had fantastic support when we struck in the past. In March we had MPs on our picket lines and the support from the students is great.”
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