IT Strike Wall of Support
[message sent to Brighton UCU]
“Hi, how do you feel after the picket? I was there this morning and my spirit was up. But I went back home and read the email sent by VC that was aimed at all the university students and tears rolled down my cheeks. I hope you don’t mind sharing my feelings with you about this. I felt so overwhelmed and cheated somehow. You see, I lost my job like many and went to education, with hope that this experience alone and the institution represented something very powerful in my mind… knowledge, facts, science. All those things I wanted to be a part of.
So, it’s my first year and this year alone it’s been difficult as it is, and I walk into my first year with a great excitement and it’s a proud moment also, because I considered it one of the best decision I made… To quickly find, this is no different to what I have been trying to escape from this whole time. I am tired of deception and lies, I am tired that people are more persuaded by a lie than a truth, I am tired seeing good people suffer and that money and power rule the world.
The email that I mentioned at the beginning, the one from VC it’s all about how it’s not what it seems to be, and it’s not that bad and it will be better…. I follow news , some politicians and I might not know it all but I surely know when something isn’t right. Tell me please. What else can we do? I am currently writing my own letter to VC, I heard the letters from students don’t get a personal reply from VC, I am going to write it anyway and if I have to, I will post it.
Alicja, First year BA English Language undergraduate”
— NadiaE racism kills #BlackLivesMatter (@NadiaE1) December 7, 2020
Solidarity with @BrightonUCU colleagues in my former workplace. Nobody's job should be under threat but extra unbelievable they're trying to bin off IT workers after everything that's played out since March. https://t.co/18sRmNEW7e
— Siobhán (@wigglymittens) December 3, 2020
— Theodore Koulouris (@theokoulouris) December 7, 2020
@debrahumphris please fix up how can you be moving all of our studies online and then start sacking IT staff not to mention right before Christmas and during a pandemic?? Students and staff @uniofbrighton deserve better❗️@ruthgwh @StuSolBrighton #SaveBrightonITStaff https://t.co/SN510hEDxo
— Aus (@Ausrine_xox) December 1, 2020
Sending support to all those on strike at the University of Brighton. Retraining and redeployment should be the strategy.
Lewes Labour Party Seaford and Newhaven Branch
Great to know that I'm being replaced with a 'new computer model' 😭
— Cathy Frankland (@Cathyplus2) December 3, 2020
Sacking IT staff when there's a pandemic and everyone's more reliant on IT than ever before #Error #DoesNotCompute #SaveBrightonITStaff @BrightonUCU @StuSolBrighton @SUBrighton pic.twitter.com/e7hTH8e9kq
— Alex L #JusticeforAhmaudArbery (@AlexEel4) December 1, 2020
Sending solidarity support to you on your forthcoming days of action.
It’s unfortunate to say the very least to see employers using Covid as a means of cutting jobs of hard working people who provide an essential service.
Winston Richards. Communication Workers Union. Greater London Combined Branch.
— Leah Jackson (@azurabrooke) December 2, 2020
Solidarity and support to @BrightonUCU No to redundancies! Good luck with the strike. You're doing this for all of us and we're all with you, at least in spirit. Safe secure green jobs for all. pic.twitter.com/Ll2ZOIzps7
— Dr Marion Hersh (@HershMarion) December 1, 2020
I’m writing on behalf of the Sheffield Hallam UCU branch to wish you solidarity with your members taking strike action today to protect the jobs of your IT support workers. This is a time when employers should be investing not disinvesting in their staff.
Solidarity! Sheffield Hallam UCU branch
Such a brilliant rally organised by @BrightonUCU. Outstanding speakers, and stunning turnout of over 200 attendees. Solidarity to the @uniBrighton IT staff given notice of sacking or forced into reduncancy. Sad to see management acting to worsten the student experience.😡
— daughter of the planet (@Deborah_Gibberd) December 2, 2020
Students and workers together against the marketisation and precaritisation of our universities!#SaveBrightonITStaff
— Green Party TU Group (@GreenPartyTU) December 7, 2020
Solidarity and support for your industrial action today. Hopefully your employers will see sense and abolish all the proposed redundancies. I am very grateful for the support I have received from IT staff. All universities need them and more of them rather than less. Best wishes. Marion
Glasgow UCU and UCU NEC
The strike rally from @BrightonUCU today was incredible and inspiring.
— Bliss (@BlissWinters) December 2, 2020
Making staff redundant in the run up to Christmas is NOT nice.
Think again Brighton.
Make workers happy this Christmas give them the gift of IT staff. No redundacies. https://t.co/5bIOXdeegv
— Heriot-Watt UCU (Votey McVote Branch 4-in-a-row) (@UCU_HWUBranch) December 2, 2020
Powerful testimonies of staff + students at @BrightonUCU rally highlighting how many questions remain unanswered: Brighton uni management are not even following their own redeployment policy as part of this process. Many, many, many holes in the narrative from senior management!
— Vicky Blake UCU President Join A Union✊🏼✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼 (@zenscara) December 2, 2020
This is a tiny sample of our messages of support. Over 350 more messages can be read here: https://wke.lt/w/s/3hWuUN