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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 June 2012

Bolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!

Hugh Caffrey , North West Socialist Party secretary

"Minta Minta Minta, Out Out Out!" and "V-C V-C V-C, Out Out Out!" echoed around the University of Bolton (UoB) on Monday as students denounced those responsible for undemocratically banning student union president Shana Begum.

Shana was re-elected with a big majority this year. In a disgraceful move, top management suspended her and imposed a close friend of the vice-chancellor, 'chief operating officer' Chris Minta.

Shana is clear why she's been victimised: "In the past we've seen quiet presidents of the student union, but I see it as my job to represent students and lobby the university on their behalf."

Shana urges everyone to: "bombard the vice-chancellor with emails, contact your union and protest against this. If other universities notice that UoB can do this to me and just kick out student union presidents, what then?"

Socialist Students and Socialist Party members joined the demonstration and are organising support for Shana including in the local trade union movement.

No rules here

University management have apparently broken the law by imposing an unelected university governor onto the union which legally must be run autonomously by students.

Worryingly, Minta is branch secretary for the UCU lecturers' union at the university! UCU members need to be asking some hard questions about this.

There have also been mischief-making complaints by racist troublemakers in the BNP. Shana is a single mother of Bangladeshi origin.

An extremely heavy police and private-security presence on campus was followed by the university closing down early ahead of Monday's demonstration with no explanation given to students who questioned this.

Demonstrate on Monday 18 June, 5pm, outside Chancellor's Mall, followed by public meeting: "How Bolton Students Can Save Our Union", 6pm, location TBC

Messages of protest to vice-chancellor Dr George Holmes:

01204 903 001; [email protected]; Vice-Chancellor's office, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB

Messages of support to: 07596 460 178; [email protected]

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In The Socialist 13 June 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to austerity! - Turn anger into action

NSSN conference agrees call for one-day general strike against austerity

Leveson: contradictions and a crisis of credibility

No to local government pensions deal

The class divide in elderly care

Fast news

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting

My workfare nightmare

From pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

Super-rich Beecroft targets workers' rights


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: bank bailout can't stop Euro death-spiral

Wisconsin Recall: Democrats paved the way for Walker's victory

Kazakhstan: Oil workers jailed by rotten regime

International day of support for political prisoners in Iran

Threat from far-right in Greece: Time to build defence committees


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tamil protest scores victory as Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement

Bolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!

Greece comes to Southampton

Olympic's sponsor exploits workers

West Lancs Against Cuts


Socialist Party workplace news

Sheffield recycling centre strikers supported by 90% of public

Council admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts

Olympics - a fair deal for transport workers

Coryton refinery closure protests

Striking against academies

Workplace news in brief


 

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