Archives for September 26th, 2001

PAY PROTEST WITH A DIFFERENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 September, 2001

Staff at Inland Revenue have rejected 4.3 per cent pay offer by a large majority. The Public and Commercial Services Union is now urging them to make Friday 28 September a day of protest. Rather than taking strike action the Union wants the protest day to be fun by bringing friends and colleagues together in every office.Union advice for the day is to hold an office protest party at lunchtime or after work. As a symbol of solidarity, staff are asked to shake hands with everyone in their section when they arrive, go to lunch or at the party and when they go home. The Union also suggests that staff should wear casual dress with jeans on and ties off. Colour co-ordination would add weight to the protest by all members of an office wearing the same colour. Black is the most popular choice. The local media are to be invited the parties to photograph the tax workers happy protest.

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FREEING UNIVERSITIES FROM STATE CONTRO

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 September, 2001

James Tooley

Trends in education now point firmly towards a private future for British universities is the argument of James Tooley who edits a collection of articles in Economic Affairs. Tooley points out that, though all British universities are private institutions and at present only 41 per cent of their income comes from direct government grants, they have allowed themselves to fall increasingly under government control. But he sees several reasons to expect universities to break free from the state. These include student fees and innovative student loan models being developed in other countries and private universities flourishing worldwide. He argues that the new vigour of the debate in Britain about the future of universities demonstrates that radical change may be in prospect.

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