Ask your MSP to sign
Katy Clark MSP has submitted a motion on casualisation in higher education and FE in the Scottish Parliament. The motion, which references the current UCU disputes and strike action, has been signed by Labour, SNP and Green MSPs and will now be considered for debate in the Parliament. The more MSPs that sign the motion the more likely it is to be debated and the more attention we can draw to the use of precarious contracts in universities. The local UCU brach is asking all staff – in a union or not – to contact MSPs covering their area and ask them to sign the petition.
Here’s some draft text you possibly might like to amend and use:
Aș a ______________ (describe your role at GCU), like others, I am very concerned with casualisation of the workforce which is undermining the security of our staff, giving a second class service to our students, and threatens to downgrade the quality of Scotland Higher Education and FE. I’d be very grateful if you could sign the motion on Casualisation in Higher Education and FE, which has been lodged by Katy Clarke MSP (Motion ref. S6M-03099).
As a MSP for Glasgow I’m sure you will want to ensure the highest quality Higher and Further Education is provided by the post-16 sector in the city. Helping to eliminated casualisation is one way to do that.
Please add your support to this motion, and help get it debated.
You can find out who your MSPs are here if you are outwith Glasgow
Contact MSPs in Glasgow
The Glasgow MSPs who it might be very relevant to contact are the following (click on the links to bring up your e-mail programme):
Kaukab Stewart (SNP) MSP for Glasgow Kelvin (GCU is in Glasgow Kelvin constituency). She has already signed the motion so you might want to commend her on this
Kaukab can also be found on twitter at: @kaukabstewart and facebook at: Kaukab’s facebook
Paul Sweeney (Labour) He has already signed the motion so you might want to commend him on this
Pauline McNeil (Labour)