As Warwick Anti-Casualisation, we extend our solidarity and support to Warwick For Free Education in their ongoing occupation protest of the new Slate conference facility on the University of Warwick’s campus. Whilst we were not involved in organising this action, we fully support its aims and are humbled by WFFE’s display of solidarity with our campaign.
The struggle against the marketisation of Higher Education is inherently linked to our fight against casualisation. The Teaching Excellence Framework will increase even more the pressure on casualised and hourly paid staff, worsen working conditions and pave the way for the complete marketisation of the sector.
From the academic Assembly to the local and national UCU to the local and national students’ unions, those who make higher education happen have declared their opposition to the Higher Education bill and the epidemic of casualization in the sector through every formal channel. But the concerns of the University community have fallen on deaf ears for too long, as University management proceeds with its plans of opting into the TEF despite widespread opposition, ignores calls to address the precarity of its casualised workforce and continues to curtail the right to protest on campus by upholding the injunction.
It is crucial that we stand up against the continuing marketisation of higher education, and insist that universities be characterised by accessibility and quality education for students, fair pay and conditions for staff, and a democratic ethos that safeguards the right to protest on campus.
Please support the occupation, sign and share our petition against casualisation at Warwick: http://bit.ly/6demands.