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.
In Britain, it pays to be a member of a trade union. In a recent collective agreement on education, it was agreed that trade union members would receive their salary increases three months earlier than the so-called free riders.
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.