MMU Art School students approaching their final degree shows have got together to write to their tutors in support of UCU’s industrial action against compulsory redundancies: they have collected 39 signatures and counting. Here is what they say:
” May 2017. Dear Tutors.
We would just like to say a big thank you for all the help and support you’ve given us over the years. We really appreciate this now that we are madly preparing for our final shows and works!
We’ve heard that your trade union has called strike action next week on Wednesday and Thursday because our University is trying to make people redundant at Crewe. We are shocked that the management of this vibrant university can’t find a better way of working things out, and we feel very bad for those people who might be left without a job or a career. Don’t they realise how much students lose out when courses are shut and experienced staff are fired?
We’d just like to say that we support you in going out on strike. We understand that this is about these jobs and also about the future of MMU. Many of us would like to think that maybe we might end up working in a university too – and we really appreciate the way you are defending education in this way.
Solidarity with you!”