College rally backs tutor suspended for standing up

john_westmorelandJohn Westmoreland, York College history tutor and UCU branch chair, has been suspended in what can only be seen as an attack on unions. A rally at the college saw dozens of staff and students, past and present give him their support. The York Press have covered the story. Group member Chris used his speech to invite John to address our strike-day rally on July 10th, and John accepted. We need to show the college that John has wide support. Over 800 have signed this petition already – please sign it too!

John was forced to stand outside the grounds as he addressed the crowd of students new and old, as well as colleagues and fellow union members from across the region, gathered on the inside. Other speakers came from Aslef and Usdaw and from other nearby UCU branches. Several former students spoke about John going the extra mile to give them a chance. It wasn’t the first time John has spoken at a rally (the photo above was taken outside the Minster on 30th November 2011), but before its always been for other people. Yet he made it all about an attack on the whole team in his department and the college.

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