After many good talks, initial introductions to staff and productive project groups, a merger proposal for the merger of VAWO and the General Education Association (AOb) is now available for inspection at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).
While Minister Van Engelshoven of Education defended her policy a bit further on in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, the initiator of the WOinActie Rens Bod called for her resignation at the Court in Leiden. More than a thousand scientists, support staff, students and administrators who had come to the True Opening of the Academic Year yesterday answered this call with applause.
The current austerity policy of Minister Van Engelshoven of Education poses a serious threat to science and to university education in the Netherlands. In doing so, the minister misses the mark by focusing unilaterally on applied science, while collaboration between all fields of science leads to valuable scientific breakthroughs.
VAWO is run by inspired Board members, engaged local representatives and enthusiastic office staff who work hard to create a better academic environment.
We support all employees in the academic world. Our campaign to reduce temporary contracts, makes VAWO a trade union for permanent and temporary employees. But we also stand for the quality of academic education and research.