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Fight the forced redundancy of Joe Kerr

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We the students and peers of Joe Kerr believe that he is being wrongfully threatened with redundancy. He is a valued member of the RCA staff and, at present, the only active UCU representative at the college. Joe is an inspirational and thought-provoking lecturer who has also tirelessly worked to support colleagues faced with redundancy time and time again.

Joe has been employed by the RCA since 1998. His role as Head of Critical and Historical Studies is being phased out due to the restructuring of the Programme. Although we are unhappy about the restructuring at the very least we feel that Joe should be able to continue his teaching as a Senior Lecturer. We believe his present teaching hours should not be advertised to others and he should keep this post as a right. We believe if the college do not do this then they are not fully considering alternatives to redundancy, a procedure employers must take before making employees redundant.

Although he is a qualified Architectural Historian Joe also continues to work as a London Bus Driver; a job he has had for 12 years. His commitment to social inclusion is one that can be seen in his teaching, his camaraderie, and his support for the union.

The School of Humanities at the RCA is a fantastic place to learn. Its direction and employees are truly visionary. However if Joe Kerr goes, this will be a major dent to the School. As an ethical employer, who often recruits on its reputation, the RCA cannot allow this to happen.

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