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Petition to Government of Jamaica, Dr. Grace McLean

Increase the Subvention to the University of Technology, Jamaica, Commensurate with Need

My name is Cheryll Messam. I am a citizen and resident of Jamaica, and a Certified Professional Coach in the Life Coaching industry. In addition, I am an employee of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) for 15+ years. However, I created this petition as a concerned, private citizen of Jamaica, and as a joint owner of all national institutions, with all my Jamaican country-men and women.  The views expressed here are my own and not the views of my employer, the University of Technology, Jamaica. In the 1990s after completing community college in the USA, I was not able to transfer immediately to University to complete years 3 and 4 of my degree, due to financial hardship. Consequently, I returned to Jamaica. At community college, I failed one subject—typing. When I returned to Jamaica and began my job hunt, it was challenging to find a permanent job. I did three temporary jobs for close to a year before landing a permanent job. I was able to get those three jobs, only because I could type. Education is all important for the survival of an individual, and a nation. The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica), just celebrated 60 veritable years of educational service to Jamaica and the Caribbean region (1958-2018). It is a Government institution established by an Act of Parliament. The University is facing financial challenges. An appropriate increase in the annual subvention from the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) can assist in alleviating these financial challenges. The current subvention from the GOJ to UTech, Jamaica is approximately J$2.1 billion annually. It is calculated based on a staff size of 608 members.  However, based on the growth of the University over the past two decades, currently the size of the University’s staff is 1,440 members.  The University, therefore, faces difficulties funding its staff, among other items. It has appealed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to assist in efforts to improve its financial position, by increasing the subvention from approximately J$2.1 billion to approximately J$4.97 billion. ( ) Whether the subvention will be increased by the GOJ, and/or the timeline for a decision on the matter, is unclear. However, it is noteworthy that in the recently announced (2019) supplementary budget for 2018/19, the University of the West Indies, a regional institution, received an additional J$900+ million from the GOJ, while no increase was granted to UTech, Jamaica. ( In frustration on February 20th, 2019 all four unions at the University i.e. Academic, Administrative, Technical and the Students Union united to protest the GOJ’s historical under-funding of UTech, Jamaica. ( ) The GOJ is ultimately responsible for the sustainable development of all national entities, and no less responsible for safeguarding the future of UTech, Jamaica. Please sign this petition and join me in Standing Up for UTech, Jamaica, by asking the GOJ to increase the subvention commensurate with the University’s need. ------------ GOAL: To visibly unite at least 15,000 persons willing to Stand Up for the University of Technology, Jamaica in 30 days (March 9-April 9, 2019), and send a message to the GOJ that we ALL hold 'them' accountable for proper stewardship of our national University, UTech, Jamaica. Thanks for your continued support by sharing this petition with your own online community. #unitedutechjastands #moresubvention4utechja        

Cheryll Messam
17,779 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to University of Leeds

Declare a Climate Emergency at the University of Leeds

We, the staff, students and alumni of the University of Leeds, call on the University to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ and take urgent action to help us avert climate breakdown. Evidence from our own Priestley Centre researchers, who helped write the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, shows that in order to avoid catastrophic climate change we must drastically reduce carbon emissions by 2030. Following the report’s release, Sir David Attenborough said: "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is still possible but will require rapid, far-reaching, “transformational” changes without historical precedent in their scale. If we do not act now, the world as we know it will not be fit for us to work, study or live in. Young people across the world, including our own students, understand the severity of the situation. They are rising up and striking for the climate in their thousands. Hundreds of Leeds staff and students will again join the Leeds Youth Strike for Climate on Friday 15th March, part of the Global Climate Strike for Future. There is no better time to show leadership as an institution that prides itself on sustainability and its world-leading climate research. We therefore call on the University of Leeds to unite behind its own science and: declare a Climate Emergency; work with staff and students to develop a Climate Emergency Plan to reduce the University’s carbon emissions and environmental footprint in line with a 1.5°C target; work with its suppliers as well as partners from the private, public and third sectors to help them reduce their carbon emissions in line with a 1.5°C target; support Leeds City Council in delivering a Climate Emergency Plan for the city; lobby the Government to declare a Climate Emergency; take ambitious steps to integrate awareness and action on climate change into both teaching and staff and student engagement. We back Greta Thunberg and the young co-signatories to this letter in which they stated: “We are going to change the fate of humanity.” Please join us. Petition initiated by: Prof Paul Chatterton, Margo Hanson, Prof Paul Routledge, Kate Lock, Alex Sobel MP, Steph Luckman, David Barns, Simon Moore, Natalie Dixon and Daniel Preston.

Simon Moore
1,650 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to University of Birmingham, Professor Sir David Eastwood

University of Birmingham Student Workers - Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

Dear Professor Sir David Eastwood,  As students at the University of Birmingham, we are all proud to be part of an institution with such a world-class reputation for teaching and research within the city. Increasingly, however, we are concerned that the university is failing to meet an equally important duty to be a world-class employer, including for students who complete casual work here.  Recently, the switch to the New Core payment system has caused no end of difficulties and frustration with students receiving payment for their work over at least the last three months. As students involved in this, we have been following the current dispute between the University and the support staff represented by UNISON very closely. We have found our shared experience to be a huge cause of concern for both us and other members of the Birmingham community.  Reports of Worklink, Payroll, and New Core ignoring calls and emails (or taking over ten days to respond), rude responses to students and false promises of payment, inaccurate ‘emergency’ taxation over over £100 on wages of only £300, failure to set up New Core accounts, failure to update students on the status of their wages, blaming students for Payroll not having bank details when students have correctly submitted this information, and pay from over two months ago not being received with no explanation are currently widespread. This has resulted in many of us having to repeatedly call the different parties involved, often to no avail.  We are struggling to see the justification given for all of these payments, taxation and communication issues, especially as some wages were paid on the 23rd August (albeit reduced by emergency taxation) as ‘faster payments’ when phone calls were made on the day asking why payments had not been given. The lack of communication from the University in this situation has been extremely concerning, particularly because many students are relying on this pay over the summer to pay rent and bills, forcing some to take loans or borrow money to cover summer expenses which they have already worked hard to meet.  In addition to the dispute between UNISON, support staff, and the University, as students and contributors to the daily running and intellectual output of this institution, would like to express our frustration and concern at the way we, and all of the other workers at the University, have been treated. It is extremely unfair, insulting, and unnecessary for these issues to have become so drawn out and inconveniencing for us and many others. As a result of this, some students have said that they will refuse work from the University in future.  We close this letter by urging you to actively rectify the problems faced by students dealing with Worklink, Payroll, and New Core, and to open up discussion with UNISON regarding the treatment of support staff, ensuring that the University of Birmingham becomes a Real Living Wage University and employer, which students can also work for knowing they will be employed fairly.  Yours sincerely, University of Birmingham Student Workers (UBSW) 

University of Birmingham Student Workers (UBSW)
2,500 supporters