Our Demands

Maintained freedom of access to the building, on the terms of the occupants.

The Hetherington Research Club to be returned to democratic control by students and staff, with the return of the block grant. All those who lost their jobs as a result of the closure should be offered their jobs back.

Anton Muscatelli should condemn the cuts and student fees and take the average wage of university staff, or resign.

No cuts at Glasgow University. We demand no job cuts, no course cuts, no cuts to student services, no cuts to teaching budgets and an end to the voluntary severance scheme.

Glasgow University must become a democratic place of lifelong learning for all residents of Glasgow.

We demand investment in higher education and wider public services and an end to the Government’s programme of austerity.

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10 Responses to Our Demands

  1. Reason, Voice of says:

    I can’t be the only person who sees some of these demands as a trifle unrealistic. What do you hope to achieve by demanding a change in Government policy? No-one at the University has any control over this.

    Why are you demanding that the previous staff of the Heatherington regain their jobs? The previous management are essentially responsible (through their utter incompetence) for the venue’s closure.

    Do you seriously expect the University to stop all cuts just because you’re demanding it? While I don’t agree with the Government’s cuts to educational budgets, they leave the University with little choice – when faced with a dwindling grant from the Government, they are essentially obliged to make cuts in order to avoid bankruptcy.

  2. Voce Della Ragione says:

    Wise words, Reason, asking for no cuts is unrealistic. How about:
    “Less ifs, less buts, less education cuts!”

  3. Gordon Childe says:

    I would like to reply to the last comment by saying that ‘Voice of Reason’ does not sound like a person who has had to make many demands in the past. If they had, they would soon realise that any negotiating body with the upper-hand is never going to accept all demands made; but, as a concession, will often meet a couple as a negotiation tactic. This is why any party who is in the business of making demands, requires to make a lot of them whether they be wholly realistic or not.

    In the spirit of fairness, it should be noted that the original demand that Hetherington staff be given their job back, did in fact refer to those who lost their job as a result of closure. This is not the same as anyone who lost their job as a result of mismanagement. One clearly took place before the other, and as TFH refer to the latter, their demand is not problematic in the sense your comment implies.

    Since you posted your comment six weeks ago much more information has come to light regarding the financial situation at the University. Muscatelli is now known to have grossly exaggerated the figure of deficit, a fact that is also known to the Education Minister. As the nature of Muscatelli’s misinformation is financial, and I recognise this is a grey area, he runs the risk of opening himself up to allegations of fraud. I trust you will agree that this is hardly becoming the stature of the Principal, and as such deems his position to be untenable. I applaud TFH for keeping his resignation at the forefront of these discussions!

    As for the voice of reason, it is only really relevant when all parties are being reasonable.

  4. A Muscatelli says:

    But the HRC was running at a steady loss for the last 5 years and the building needs renovated urgently – how do you propose to turn this around, or are finance and running costs just another irrelevant part of the student-politics pipe-dream?

  5. A Muscatelli says:

    “As the nature of Muscatelli’s misinformation is financial, and I recognise this is a grey area, he runs the risk of opening himself up to allegations of fraud. I trust you will agree that this is hardly becoming the stature of the Principal, and as such deems his position to be untenable. I applaud TFH for keeping his resignation at the forefront of these discussions!”

    My lawyers will be in touch regarding this dematory comment
    thanks.

  6. A Muscatelli says:

    “As the nature of Muscatelli’s misinformation is financial, and I recognise this is a grey area, he runs the risk of opening himself up to allegations of fraud. I trust you will agree that this is hardly becoming the stature of the Principal, and as such deems his position to be untenable. I applaud TFH for keeping his resignation at the forefront of these discussions!”

    My lawyers will be in touch regarding this defamatory comment
    thanks.

  7. Gordon Childe says:

    Is that before or after you resign?

  8. Annie Vaz says:

    Please note that comments above claiming to be from A.Muscatelli are NOT from the Principal of the University of Glasgow.

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