Protestors use blog to state grievances

25th January 2008 at 00:00
Staff at the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, which is in merger discussions with the larger Glasgow Metropolitan College, have started a blog to register their strong protest over the plans.

Frank Healy, the area secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, told The TESS last week that the staff at both colleges favoured the merger, providing a unified set of terms and conditions was agreed for lecturers in the two institutions.

But, according to Toots writing on Keep the Naughty Nautical blog: "The teaching staff are 100 per cent against. Nearly all of the senior management team are against it. Most of the support staff are against it. The only reason our board are still in favour is they think we are in favour."

Hearts on Fire agrees and says that would not necessarily mean scrapping the merger - "just don't be walked over by the Met."

Shining Bright agrees that a takeover would not necessarily be a bad thing, but "this merger is unacceptable because the group of four who are going to run (the merged college) worship at the high temple of managerialism".

Soups wants the management to be seen to be fighting hard for the nautical college's corner "if it wants to retain any credibility".

Some staff suspect a deal is being stitched up behind the scenes, which would allow Tom Wilson, principal of Glasgow Metropolitan College, who is 64, to retire and be succeeded by Janet Okten, principal of the nautical college. She would then emerge as the most powerful figure in the new multi-campus planned for Glasgow city centre, which would also include Central College of Commerce and Stow College.

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