Today the University of Birmingham’s academic trade union BUCU, representing over 1,000 members, has released its indicative ballot asking members whether they would be prepared to strike. The dispute covers two key issues – aggressive performance management and disciplinary processes, targeted at staff the University wishes to “manage out”; and workload allocations. The electronic ballot is open for three weeks from Tuesday 28th March.
The article below was written by Lola Ogunsanya last year and was published in Megaphone magazine, the publication by Socialist Students.
TW: Mentions of rape.
Unfortunately, due to recent discussions in the left-wing sphere, it has become necessary to reiterate something that should go without saying. Rape apology is unacceptable in every form it comes in; be it covering up sexual assault cases, defending those who sexually assault others, asking the victim what they were wearing, asking how much they drank, or any other kind of behaviour that allows rape culture to develop, it is entirely unacceptable.
Two articles were featured in the Socialist magazine ‘Megaphone’ recently. The first of which discusses the removal of maintenance grants and can be read below.
Maintenance Grants gone in latest attack on poorest students.
On the 9th of March this year, Birmingham Socialist Students had the great joy of hosting a fundraising night to support the Albert Street Project – a charity organisation that provides meals, clothes and company to the homeless and less fortunate people of Birmingham. The night consisted of live music delivered by the alternative folk performer Mikey Kenney (see his website here), with representatives from Albert Street and many of our own Socialist Students present.
As stated in the official Socialist Students aims and policies (see what we stand for here), we as a society would like to reiterate one of our most integral stances:
No to sexism, racism, homophobia and all forms of discrimination, and a no platform for fascists;