UCU NEC Elections:
Paul Anderson for Honorary Treasurer
Make UCU Stronger:
Politicise the UCU Treasurer Role. Oppose Marketisation of Post-18 Education in the UK
I am standing for the key political role of Hon. Treasurer of UCU. The Covid crisis has highlighted severe financial messes in the post-18 education funding system of FE and HE in the UK. Many problems in FE and HE in the UK stem from the market funding system. Let’s reverse that.
The Treasurer is a political role within UCU. As Treasurer I will seek to ensure that financial decisions ae member-led, and steer UCU toward protecting members, supporting branches at grass-roots level, supporting industrial action, and opposing marketisation.
As Professor of Oral Biology at QMUL, I have held senior positions on national and international teaching and research organisations, associate editorships, been on QMUL Council, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer of various organisations, with experience of treasurer roles.
I have been active member of UCU for 30 years, a Branch Committee member, Branch Chair, and member of London Region. I have been a UCU NEC member.
Throughout I have been a supporter of UCU Left.
I have pursued Branch campaigns for members including against; appraisal, performance management, gender pay gap, bullying, casualisation, racism, and active in organising effective picket lines. Strike action is a necessary tool, and the UCU Treasurer role is key to industrial strategy support at branch level.
Marketisation is the evil in post-18 education sector.
Increased use of casualised staff jeopardises student experience, demotivates early career research staff, and creates an intolerable working environment for all. COVID has escalated that crisis.
UCU must continue the 4 Fights dispute. UCU need to campaign against inappropriate metrics. UCU must work in solidarity with other education sector Trade Unions, and with NUS. UCU need to empower branches to continue to campaign putting members.
Vote for me as UCU Hon. Treasurer