Another account of today’s staff meeting (if you have anything to add, please leave a comment or send it to us):
I went along to Farthing’s presentation today. It’s amazing how many words that man can say without saying anything.
- When questioned about outsourcing, Farthing said he has no intention of making redundancies. But if outsourcing goes ahead Michael, it won’t be your decision because staff will be employed by an independent company! I smell bullshit.
- Farthing said outsourcing is not about redundancies, but being “agile and flexible”. Translation: casualisation – the kind of insecure jobs from the private sector – temp, casual, zero-hours and agency contracts, and getting rid of long-term obligations to staff like pensions. I’ve worked plenty of jobs like this before. ‘Flexibility’ means Sussex workers bending over backwards!
- Farthing talked about the need for the university to make a “surplus”. Another word for that is profit – turning our university into just another corporation. After all, we’ve got 31 managers on 6-figure salaries already.
- Farthing talked about “the student experience” while hired goon Roger Morgan man-handled a student out of the back of the meeting. Anyone who works at Sussex knows that management don’t care about students’ education. Students are just customers to keep their ‘surplus’ rolling in.