Author Archives: justiceforhalesowenfour

Report on Valentine’s Strike, & some questions for Halesowen CE

Thursday the 14th February began very early, with us arriving at 7 to find each gate manned by a large team of extra security in fluorescent jackets. It seems that whilst it is not considered a priority to spend money on specialist staff to cover long term sickness or maternity leave at Halesowen College, there […]

Strike action planned for Valentines Day: how to show your love!

Halesowen UCU have returned a ballot overwhelmingly calling for strike action and action short of a strike. This will begin with an initial day of strike action on Thursday 14th February. We will be picketing from 7am, with a breakfast meeting planned for 10am at the Wagon and Horses, Stourbridge Road. We have been overwhelmed […]

Report on National Protest & March, with pics

On Saturday 26th January over 200 people took to the streets of Halesowen to demand the reinstatement of four members of the Maths department who had been sacked.  On a cold day, with snow on the ground, there was a fantastic array of banners and placards showing how far people had come to express solidarity […]

Response to Corporation statement on David Muritu’s dismissal

Anyone who has seen the press will have seen the statement released by the Corporation, which was also taken around the college by Senior Management in specially arranged briefings. The statement begins as follows: “David Muritu was dismissed for his consistent failure to carry out the fundamental part of the job as a lecturer in […]

Pics from the national day of protest, Friday 18th Jan

In spite of heavy snow, Halesowen UCU gathered outside the college at 7.45 this morning to launch the nationwide day of protest for the Halesowen 4. Throughout the day messages and photos of support have been flooding in from all around the country as UCU branches and other activist groups met to organise their support […]

Why you need to vote “Yes” on strike action and FAQ about the ballot

WHY VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION OR ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE? We urge you to vote in favour of strike action and action short of a strike and we hope that you have already decided to do so when your ballot paper arrives over the next couple of days. If you’re undecided about how to […]

UPDATE: All members of the Halesowen 4 are dismissed! Campaign builds!

The remaining three members of the Halesowen 4 have been dismissed.  Hearings took place for the remaining three members on Monday and all three UCU members had to wait until Friday to hear about the outcome.  This afternoon all three teachers were dismissed. Each dismissal letter featured the same reason! Lecturers were dismissed for the […]