5th February: Scottish Education Workers Network meeting

Next Meeting of the Scottish Education Workers Network: Wednesday, 5 February, 6:30 pm |  CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Room CCA5

Network history

July 2012: meeting of IWW IU620 (education workers) in Birmingham; two current SEWN members attended

November 2012: ed workers discussion as part of the Scottish Assembly in Glasgow fostered interest in reactivating IU620 (newsletter, recruitment, meetings, actions)

March 2013: meeting called for Glasgow, to all ed workers in the British Isles Regional Adminstration; only a few from Scotland attended, giving rise to a proposal to focus on a Scottish Educational Workers Network as an IWW initiative open to all workers connected to the education sector (past and present), and to supporters, whether or not IWW members

July 2013: SEWN meeting in Edinburgh; 8 people attended for all or part of the afternoon; discussion of issues and of such organisational matters as logo, website, and email list; presentation by Dek on history and current status of education for and about the working class; distribution of the programme document with these sections: worker and student rights and self-organisation; opposition to casualisation/precarious work; a vision of education (including opposition to the skills agenda and standardised testing, i.e., curriculum based on the needs of industry); full funding; industrial (sector-wide) organising; actions and campaigns; international contacts; equality and diversity; countering bullying, harassment, and discrimination; research, scholarship, and knowledge creation; and SEWN internal democracy, visibility, and outreach.

November 2013: SEWN meeting as part of the Scottish Assembly at Stirling Uni; 7 in attendance; discussion of 31 October ed workers strike, possibilities for organising on campuses across union lines, and efforts to get the word out about SEWN- and to maintain regular meetings, rotating locations, with the next meeting being held in Glasgow

Some of the issues we are involved with

* Curriculum dictated by standardised testing and a skills agenda
* Zero-hours contracts
* Wage differential, and other manifestations of hierarchy and inequality, across the ed sector
* Privatisation and other links to corporations
* Move by Glasgow City Council to assign healthcare duties to PSA (Pupil Support Assistants) ed workers
* Formation of radical caucuses within STUC ed sector unions

Actions we have taken recently

* Participation in Higher Education and Further Education strikes on 31 October and 3 December
* Distribution on campuses of A3 “keep 31 October spirit alive” posters
* Picketing, and distribution of A4 version of flier on picket lines

Goals and Organising Possibilities  for 2014

* more literature
* bring in more nursery, primary, secondary, maintenance, food service, clerical, research, and adjunct workers
* make connections between workplace issues and anti-austerity issues and campaigns
* take part in the Glasgow Anarchist Federation forums;  the Critical Education Forum in Glasgow starting mid-March; and the IWW-sponsored Work People’s College in Berlin in July; and other opportunities for solidarity, cooperation, and coordination between groups identified with the revolutionary, anti-authoritarian Left
* help form radical caucuses within STUC ed sector unions


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2 Responses to 5th February: Scottish Education Workers Network meeting

  1. Eddie says:

    Not sure if this is the most appropriate place to post an introduction. I have just asked to join, and been accepted to, the SEWN. My name is Eddie and I teach Social Science at Fife College. I look forward to and contributing to some lively debate.

    In comradeship and solidarity


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