Reinstate David Muritu

Sandwell College sacked UCU branch secretary Dave Muritu for gross misconduct after he wrote on a poster promoting the controversial Prevent programme. Muritu apologised for his actions but, although the college acknowledged that his actions didn’t bring the institution into disrepute, he was summarily dismissed. UCU believes such a heavy-handed and disproportionate response from the college had to be down to Muritu’s trade union activities.

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Sign the petition calling for his reinstatement

We the undersigned call for the immediate reinstatement of David Muritu, UCU branch secretary and Maths lecturer, by Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education.

We reject the assertion by Sandwell College that a black member of staff writing in pen on a Prevent strategy poster that it was racist (an act which he owned and apologised fully for) constitutes gross misconduct on the grounds of ‘serious damage to College property’, ‘bringing the college into disrepute’ and ‘use of inappropriate language’ with the consequence of summary dismissal.

We note that since David arrived at the branch UCU membership has risen vastly and the branch have achieved victories on pay increments, extra holiday, the removal of punitive observation policy and last year after 5 days of strike action achieved a sector leading pay deal of 6.25% over three years. We believe that it is this strengthening of workers’ rights which has primarily guided this disproportionate act of sacking David, and that this is trade union victimisation.

Reinstate David Muritu

We the undersigned call for the immediate reinstatement of David Muritu, UCU branch secretary and Maths lecturer, by Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education.

We reject the assertion by Sandwell College that a black member of staff writing in pen on a Prevent strategy poster that it was racist (an act which he owned and apologised fully for) constitutes gross misconduct on the grounds of 'serious damage to College property', 'bringing the college into disrepute' and 'use of inappropriate language' with the consequence of summary dismissal.

We note that since David arrived at the branch UCU membership has risen vastly and the branch have achieved victories on pay increments, extra holiday, the removal of punitive observation policy and last year after 5 days of strike action achieved a sector leading pay deal of 6.25% over three years. We believe that it is this strengthening of workers’ rights which has primarily guided this disproportionate act of sacking David, and that this is trade union victimisation.

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7,056 JJ FINNEGAN SOUTHAMPTON SOLIDITY.
7,055 Phil Brady
7,054 Nigel Green Hyde Park, Central London Reinstate David now! Defend trade union rights and freedom of speech for for union reps. Anyway, the Prevent strategy is next to useless and a good excuse to spy on people.
7,053 Lucretia Packgam Retired lecturer Sacking is a disproportionate response to the actions of Dave Mauritians in regard to an offensive college policy
7,052 Andy Stafford University of Leeds
7,051 Andrew Millington University of Edinburgh
7,050 Raymond Long SWP UAF +SUTR
7,049 Michael Crawford University of Bristol
7,048 Melanie Jenner NEU
7,047 Richard Pitham-Cole Suffolk New College
7,046 Carol Fuller Suffolk New College
7,045 Ian Cook University of Exeter
7,044 Delcan Downes GMB Union
7,043 Kate Tobin University of Wolverhampton
7,042 John Archer University of Central Lancashire I'd never heard of Sandwell College, but in a negative way. It would seem that the management are bringing the college's name into disrepute by their actions.
7,041 Mark Weinstein Nottingham Trent University
7,040 Patricia Vallely Belfast Metropolitan College
7,039 Sharon Leslie GMB
7,038 Carl Fox University of Leeds
7,037 Deborah Clarke NHS Other factors than those given obviously in play. Shame on you Sandwell College.
7,036 Claire Rattray University of Glasgow
7,035 Joel Kosminsky Greater London This is an extreme response for an expression of challenge to a policy which risks damaging both students and their tutors
7,034 Hester Fairclough
7,033 Neil Kirkham Gonville and Caius College Library, Cambridge
7,032 Martin Wills Warwick
7,031 Sonia Cabrera
7,030 Tania Manyuira Sandwell College We should all get behind this protest as David has been targeted for his influence in the Union and as an activist in the community more so than the graffiti which he already apologised for. The College's way of handling this issue was over the top and management should come out and be honest on the real issue why they singled David out!
7,029 Adam Branch University of Cambridge
7,028 Ben Davis South east
7,027 Angela Coley South & City College, Birmingham
7,026 Nathan Erskine University of Cumbria
7,025 Andrew Nickson University of Birmingham Birmingham
7,024 Joe Sutliff Sanders Cambridge
7,023 Jo Allen School Lichfield
7,022 Zakariya Cochrane
7,021 claudia campbell Care through the millenium
7,020 Duncan Morrison Lewisham NEU
7,019 Eleanor Roberts University of Roehampton London
7,018 Eleni Michalopoulou The University of Liverpool
7,017 Paul Tarrago UAL
7,016 Stephen Dee Uclan
7,015 Phil Yeats University of Westminster
7,014 anne robinson
7,013 Jennet Thomas University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of arts completely outrageous! It is in fact this action of dismissing the Union rep that brings the College into disrepute- acting like a totalitaian state, it's shameful.
7,012 Rae Noronha
7,011 Adrian Pritchard Coventry
7,010 Hugh Dunkerley University of Chichester Brighton
7,009 Susan Jewell Retired resident of Sandwell
7,008 SUSAN WALDRON UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW SHAME ON SANDWELL
7,007 Catherine Christian W Mids Birmingham
7,006 Audrey Aurus
7,005 Linnéa Markgren Birmingham This is disproportionate. A warning should suffice, and I find it hard to imagine other factors did not come into play.
7,004 Lara Coffey Warwickshire Birmingham
7,003 Kathryn Marsh Kings Heath How utterly ridiculous that he should be dismissed. It sounds like the whole thing has been blown completely out of proportion and that the college authorities were just just looking for a way to get rid of him.
7,002 Helen Kinnaird Birmingham
7,001 Steve Hanson Greater Manchester Manchester
7,000 Elizabeth Gould London This reeks of someone being sacked because they’re an effective union rep; just using a feeble excuse
6,999 Sahara Ismail
6,998 Ele Lamb Tower Hamlets teacher
6,997 Fiona Donald The Manchester College
6,996 Charlotte Mulliner The Open University
6,995 Maria Mason King's College London
6,994 Fay Block London
6,993 Jessica Kelly UCA
6,992 Charles Moonstone
6,991 Tanja van Mourik University of St Andrews
6,990 Touseef Mir UEA The mistake can be forgiven, expulsion as a punishment is a bit harsh.
6,989 Peter Golding MPhil BA CertEd [formerly]City College, Plymouth Good luck with this campaign
6,988 Sally Carter Manchester Please reinstate this man
6,987 Nicholas Sofroniou University of Warwick The punishment is excessive, an apology has been made, Dave Muritu should now be reinstated.
6,986 Claire Hastie Birmingham This dismissal is entirely unfair
6,985 Miriam Kent UEA Earlham Road
6,984 Penny Spikins Univ of york
6,983 Samantha Davis West Yorkshire Wakefield
6,982 Amy Morris CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
6,981 Sally Hardwick Nottingham College
6,980 Catherine Pope SOUTHAMPTON SOUTHAMPTON
6,979 Michael Chopping College of West Anglai
6,978 Jude Williams University of Birmingham I fully support David’s reinstation. This has been an unfair over-reaction by the College which should be over-turned.
6,977 Simon Schoenbuchner University of Cambridge
6,976 Aravinda Guntupalli
6,975 Peri Bradley Bournemouth University
6,974 marina collard Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance
6,973 Louise Obara De Montfort University
6,972 Sarah Kilpatrick Tyne and Wear NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
6,971 Karen Reynolds None Halifax
6,970 Patrice Haynes Liverpool Hope University A disproportionate response to the action in question. It puts the college in a very poor light.
6,969 Nikki Ellen Sheffield
6,968 Karen Chance Midlands
6,967 Derek Hird Patently disproportionate act by the College. David Muritu should be reinstated immediately.
6,966 Huw Pryce
6,965 Richmond Adjei New City College00
6,964 Treasa De Loughry University of Exeter
6,963 Kenneth Band
6,962 Katerina Vrablikova University of Bath
6,961 Ruth Adams King's College London
6,960 Jonas Rademacker University of Bristol
6,959 david green
6,958 Robin Rice University of Edinburgh
6,957 Ken MacKinnon Open University, Applied Linguistics Gross misconduct - comment on a poster? Come off it, Mr Principal who do you think you are - free speech!
6,956 E V Brack University of Sheffield
6,955 james wood Fife UK
6,954 Tom Hoctor University of Bedfordshire, Luton
6,953 Rodrigo Vega
6,952 Matthew Gobey manchester Metropolitan University
6,951 Deborah Jackson University of Edinburgh
6,950 Michael Tucker West Midlands This action by the management is bringing Sandwell College into disrepute by its inn tempered over reaction to this incident.
6,949 Candice Morey
6,948 Timothy Wilson University of Dundee
6,947 Sharon Kivland Sheffield Hallam University
6,946 Anna Laing University of Sussex
6,945 David Woods Nottingham Trent University
6,944 Mark Jackson Barnet and Southgate College
6,943 Ryan Sperry Ryansperry259@icloud.com
6,942 Martin Simpson University of the West of England, Bristol
6,941 Sarah Jones Dundee
6,940 Chris Lesser Coleg LLandrillo. Rhos on Sea. Colwyn Bay
6,939 Yasmine Sabri Aston University
6,938 John Carr University of Cambridge
6,937 Martin Dupras Bath Spa University
6,936 Pat Devine Manchester University
6,935 Neil Davey University of Bristol
6,934 Nick Andon King's College London
6,933 Linda Morrice University of Sussex
6,932 Jason Scott-Warren University of Cambridge
6,931 Dario Spano Warwick
6,930 Olga Mitterfellner University of the Arts London Please re-instate David Muritu! Free speech is a British value.
6,929 Mick Jardine Hampshire Winchester
6,928 Kenneth Moffat University of Strathclyde While I agree that David Muritu's action was not appropriate, he has apologised and firing him is grossly disproportionate.
6,927 Mark Toogood University of Central Lancashire
6,926 Carol David Daniel City, University of London
6,925 Barry Calder Retired
6,924 Matthew Minnitt Teesside University
6,923 Kathryn Chadwick MMU
6,922 Freya Field Ucl
6,921 Heather Morrison Cavc vale site
6,920 Clair Sharpe Liverpool
6,919 johanna walker Uni Southampton
6,918 Andrew Kingham Goldsmiths, University of London Reinstate David Muritu
6,917 Mark Holmes Coventry University They come for one of us, they come for all of us. I might disagree with Mr Muritu's actions but they in no way count as gross misconduct. One can't help but think if he was less successful in championing staff pay and conditions (student's learning conditions) he might still have a job.
6,916 James Greer University of Cumbria Freedom of sppech form academics is very important in a free society
6,915 Laura Walker University of Central Lancashire
6,914 Finbarr Hayes University of Manchester
6,913 James Simpson University of Leeds
6,912 Hannah Spruce University of Leicester
6,911 Jim Smith Unite
6,910 Ivan Gololobov University of Bath Solidarity!
6,909 Franziska Wadephul University of Hull
6,908 David Harries Cardiff University
6,907 David Webb Staffordshire University
6,906 Emma Major University of York
6,905 Des O'Rawe Queens University Belfast
6,904 Dan Stretch
6,903 Joanne Abbott Trafford College.
6,902 claire perry University of Portsmouth
6,901 David Brauner
6,900 Erica Lee Aston University
6,899 Andrew Marsham Cambridge
6,898 Aimie Purser University of Nottingham
6,897 Nick Regan University of Bath
6,896 Carl Griffin University of Sussex
6,895 Pamela Orr University of glasgow sUPPORTING David
6,894 Anna de Jong Surrey
6,893 David Moon University of Bath
6,892 Annie Goh Goldsmiths
6,891 Martin Moorby University of Exeter
6,890 Amanda Egbe University of Bedfordshire
6,889 Scott Weightman University of Leicester
6,888 Samuel Osei-Nimo Birmingham city university
6,887 Bob Whitehead West Midlands Birmingham
6,886 Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo Nottingham Trent University Reinstate David Muritu
6,885 Dawn Dooher University of Oxford
6,884 Ben Hine University of West London
6,883 Christopher Long University of Sussex
6,882 Lloyd Wilson retired, Bedford
6,881 Stephen Griffin
6,880 Malcolm Eames Cardiff University (Retired)
6,879 Neil Cameron Sheffield
6,878 Amir Allam University of Westminster
6,877 Jerome Boulter Burnley Institutional racism always disguises itself as tolerence
6,876 Miriam Bernal
6,875 Ann Dean N/A
6,874 Lori-anne Johnson Nhs
6,873 Lesley Mahmood
6,872 Dave Statham Forest of Dean
6,871 chris aspey Hampshire Waterlooville
6,870 Jade Pickering University of Manchester
6,869 Hans Rollmann Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada This is nonsense. The program IS racist, as are the people persecuting David Muritu.
6,868 Cormac O Callanain University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
6,867 craig nicol
6,866 Nayia Kamenou De Montfort University
6,865 Sam Gurney TUC LESE
6,864 Joseph Pitt University of Manchester
6,863 Alison Pick Retired teacher This is depressing. David Muritu does not deserve to be treated in this way.
6,862 Tony Wild Retired from Newcastle College The Prevent Programme is one more misbegotten Government policy. Its implementation is racist. The sacking of Dave is out of all proportion to the act. Does this mean that anybody who defaces a poster should be sacked from his or her job?
6,861 Anne Boundford Company london This is abuse, reinstate
6,860 John Lister (Chair) Birmingham & Coventry Branch NUJ Our NUJ Branch supports UCU in this important fight against victimisation.
6,859 Deborah Ralls The University of Manchester
6,858 Rebecca Banwell-Moore University of Sheffield
6,857 Rosanna Blackler
6,856 kit tomlinson
6,855 Elliott Smart Cambs
6,854 Mark Hollinrake
6,853 Lisa Gibson University of Sheffield
6,852 Shakeel Begg Lewisham islamic Centre
6,851 Pat Sanchez Retired His act was not gross misconduct! I hope his words made students aware of the potentially discriminatory way the Prevent programme works. College students should be mature enough to cope with the free expression of opinion.
6,850 Laurence Saunders
6,849 Sam O'Brien Manchester Rochdale
6,848 Simon Kennedy
6,847 Paul Leeper Telford An Over The Top Reaction Reinstate Him NOW
6,846 Pau Summers Unison
6,845 Paul Ferguson West Midlands Rowley Regis
6,844 Gabriel Polley University of Exeter
6,843 Anthony Faramelli Goldsmiths, University of London
6,842 Peter Morris
6,841 Catherine Fritz Northampton Recently retired
6,840 Maria Pereira University of Warwick
6,839 Geoff Barr OU
6,838 Charlotte Rowley
6,837 Tara Ghafourian University of Sussex
6,836 Stephen Nicholls Staffordshire Dave has always fought against victimisation, intimidation and discrimination. I am shocked and saddened that his employer has treated him in this way.
6,835 Joy McMahon Open University graduate
6,834 G. English
6,833 Emma Blair NHS
6,832 Iain Fielden Sheffield Hallam University It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.
6,831 Ciaran Cross
6,830 Leo Singer University of Liverpool Please don't victimize a trade unionist for doing his job.
6,829 Xanthe Whittaker University of Leeds
6,828 Polite Tshuma NHS I support the campaign
6,827 sue kilminster University of Leeds
6,826 Michael Piggins Beamish Museum
6,825 Laila Hasan Usdaw member. Retail worker.
6,824 yassa siddiqui sandwell college
6,823 Pauline Kershaw Manchester College I see no reason to dismiss this tutor
6,822 I Kantonna London Langley
6,821 Nick Creaby-Attwood Northumbria University
6,820 Dr HM Altorf St Mary's University
6,819 John Edwards NHS
6,818 Nina Yogasundram
6,817 Antonia Bright WC1H London
6,816 Gary Hawes Bedlington Please think again
6,815 Leonid Ponomarenko Lancaster University
6,814 Paul Lymn South Shields Unfairly treated.
6,813 Joan Bennett Retired.UK
6,812 Russell Lowe Rowley Regis
6,811 Ayana Sakey ucl London
6,810 Debbie Grace Sandwell College
6,809 Richard Barry Middlesex University, London
6,808 Joanne Jordan Open University
6,807 Alice Gray
6,806 Jo Walton Retired Education Professional We must encourage union membership everywhere and there has to be see to be due process in the application of disciplinary procedures - sacked for writing on a poster, really?
6,805 Richard Malham University of St Andrews
6,804 Liam Plimmer University of Cambridge
6,803 Tim Rushton The Manchester College
6,802 John Erskine
6,801 John Roberts
6,800 Helena Carr UEA
6,799 Katie Lloyd Thomas Newcastle university
6,798 Anise Patel University of Birmingham
6,797 Jackie Schneider England
6,796 Oliver Sagar Grove Park School Sounds like overstepping, by a long way
6,795 Asif Pandor SOAS London
6,794 Sonya Butterfield West Midlands Smethwick
6,793 Felicity Harris Greater Manchester This is outrageous and totally unnecessary targetting a successful union activist
6,792 Frank Ormston Railway industry
6,791 Karl Smout PCS Barnsley & Rotherham branch Highlighting the racist nature of the prevent programme is a civic duty not a sackable offence.
6,790 Mark Ingram NHS
6,789 Lesley Cook wolverhampton
6,788 Leena Barnard Derbyshire
6,787 David Ellison
6,786 Caroline Stride
6,785 Christina Lawrence Open University in Yorkshire
6,784 Suzi Kemp
6,783 Robert Wade Photography lecturer 'retired' Total over reaction by the college
6,782 Naqqash Khalid
6,781 Anna-Maria Liza Toth-Hedges Sandwell College
6,780 Chris Jordan University of Manchester
6,779 Barbara Muritu retired F.E.lecturer The incident has been blown up out of all proportion which reflects badly on the college management
6,778 John Latham Manchester University
6,777 Kath Barlow Retired
6,776 Marian Carty Goldsmiths, University of London
6,775 Mohammed Cheded De Montfort University
6,774 Stephanie Williams Bath College
6,773 Natasha Blank Manchester Metropolitan University Solidarity
6,772 Michael Jahi Chappell Coventry University
6,771 Andrew Keen University of Bath This is clearly a disproportionate response to his infringement, and is clear victimisation.
6,770 David Wilson Loughborough University
6,769 Marie Toseland UWE Bristol
6,768 Tony Barlow Birmingham City University
6,767 Nabeil Maflahi West Midlands Birmingham
6,766 Steve Johnston Lambeth College, Clapham Campus
6,765 Vani Naik
6,764 Serdar Caglayan
6,763 Mark Krantz Manchester SUTR Solidarity
6,762 Sylvia Smith The Manchester College
6,761 Symran Saggar London
6,760 natalya naqvi London school of economics
6,759 Ian Christian Derbyshire
6,758 David Featherstone Glasgow University
6,757 Camillia Cowling University of Warwick
6,756 Russell Caplan London South Bank University A cheap, vindictive act of victimisation against a union activist. This must not be allowed to stand.
6,755 Ruth Brown University of East London Highly disproportionate punishment, so clearly union victimisation. The management needs to do some damage limitation and back down, before the College suffers even more.
6,754 Daniel Haslam The Open University
6,753 Amanda Tatton Open University
6,752 Colin Wilson London
6,751 Narges Yavari Derby College
6,750 Joao Florencio University of Exeter
6,749 Sarah Downes
6,748 Geoff Bowling UCEN Manchester
6,747 Concepta Cassar Telford
6,746 Risa Duff The Arden UCEN Manchester
6,745 Andrew Preston Bridgwater And taunton College Writing on a poster does not sound anything like gross misconduct.
6,744 Lesley Higginbottom The Manchester College
6,743 Deborah Hughes City of Bristol Completely disproportionate.
6,742 Qian Kan The Open University
6,741 Chioma Fanawopo
6,740 Colette Wymer Sheffield
6,739 Joan Haran Cardiff
6,738 Tim Bartlett Cardiff Metropolitan University
6,737 Sarah Jacques Bradford College The punishment was disproportionate and is in line with the current move to the right and all that goes with it.
6,736 Lisa Walters Liverpool Hope University
6,735 William Hudson Open University
6,734 Alexandra Zierold
6,733 Barbara Labiejko Newn City College Hackney Totally out of order!
6,732 Shoib Mahmood Sandwell College Smethwick
6,731 Sam Riches Lancaster University I was very pleased to support the Emergency Motion calling for the reinstatement of Dave, which was passed at the Green Party Conference on 7 June.
6,730 Harun Jawed Sandwell College Supporting Dave
6,729 Helen Copperwheat Open University
6,728 Veronica Davies
6,727 Anne Luke University of Leeds
6,726 Roger Bradley Open University
6,725 Loreto Mallon The Open University Agree that this is a very heavy handed and disproportionate response. Raises questions about the College motivation in this case
6,724 Rachel Inness Open University
6,723 warren carter open university
6,722 Alun Thomas Staffordshire University
6,721 Matt Foley MMU
6,720 Tracey Jones Coleg y Cymoedd
6,719 ANTHONY DRUMMOND
6,718 David Thomas Birkbeck College
6,717 Waqas Tufail Leeds Beckett University
6,716 Gyorgy Toth University of Stirling
6,715 Paul Brown University of Warwick
6,714 Anne Gill Retired University Lecturer (University of Greenwich).
6,713 Angela Piccini University of Bristol
6,712 Richard Hughes Suffolk New College
6,711 Natasha Bailey University of Leicester
6,710 Daphne Patten Suffolk New College
6,709 Alan Shadforth The Open University Oh dear - this just reinforces the idea that FE Colleges are terrible employers and their HR departments incapable of dealing with people on any human level
6,708 Larry Sanders Green party Reinstate
6,707 Rachel Edwards
6,706 Syed Haujee
6,705 Alistair Pirrie Bridgwater & Tauntn College
6,704 Heather Fotheringham University of the Highlands and Islands
6,703 Daniel Watson University of Sussex
6,702 Mark Bould UWE Bristol
6,701 don salter Durham University
6,700 Anshuman Mondal UEA This is intimidation and bullying, and is clearly a flimsy pretext for anti-union action. It is not acceptable. Sandwell College has damaged its own reputation through this heavy-handedness.
6,699 Phillip Gillinghamp Teacher Not sacked for actions, sacked for Union membership. Employment Tribunal on the way if not reinstated.
6,698 Matt Hill
6,697 Guy Shennan London
6,696 Tim Bates Suffolk New college
6,695 Liz Harrison University of Cumbria This is a totally disproportionate reaction to a minor infraction and David should be reinstated immediately
6,694 nicholas domminney Glasgow School of Art
6,693 Eva Urban Queen's University Belfast
6,692 Colin Wren Newcastle University
6,691 D Jackson
6,690 Amy Clarke Queen Mary University of London
6,689 mark samsworth South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
6,688 Hilary Pape west yorks Huddersfield
6,687 Aniff Akinola
6,686 Chloe Gilgan University of York Racism is what is inappropriate and looks to be the problem here.
6,685 Sue Lewis Retired - former public sector worker
6,684 Caroline Lloyd Cardiff University
6,683 Elaine Ritch GCU
6,682 Jill Calder Southport Goodluck David we have to stand up to the bullies!
6,681 Regina Karousou University of Chichester
6,680 Phil Walsh Looks like an opportunist and completely disproportionate act
6,679 LAYLA MCGUIRK UNIVERSITY OF LIVEPOOL
6,678 Tim Holmes Suffolk New College Very unfair practice at Sandwell
6,677 paul noble
6,676 Alysha Khambay
6,675 C Dooley Health charity
6,674 Lauren Drozd University of Kent
6,673 Sam Kennion
6,672 Martha Schulman University of Kent This is unacceptable and massively inappropriate for Mr. Muritu's so-called "crime."
6,671 Jeremy Guise Birmingham Dave is an inspiring trade union and anti racist activist who deserves our support
6,670 Mark Fitzsimons
6,669 Harran Chanian University of Leicester
6,668 Matthew Wallace Kepston One of the few good lecturers and allowing for a dismissal such as this would be disgusting.
6,667 Kelly Durkin School leadership
6,666 Trevor Herndon
6,665 Millie Wild Hackney Community College
6,664 Laura Kormos
6,663 Amy Colasurdo Manchester
6,662 Mohammed Majeed London
6,661 Simon Weaver Brunel University
6,660 charlotte cosgrove st helens college LIVERPOOL
6,659 Juliet Fry Birmingham, in education Dear Sandwell Education authority this appears to be a blatant opportunity to rid rid of a lecturer who was an inconvenience and it is bad publicity and I would imagine, one persons over reaction. Get a grip and do the right thing!!! If a black person made this decision I’d be surprised!
6,658 Richard Rose Supply teacher Swansea
6,657 Akilah Akinola Manchester Sounds like they are using this as an excuse to sack him.
6,656 Jeanine Amel Stoke-on-Trent
6,655 Philippa Sterlini University of Dundee
6,654 Max Cook
6,653 Yvonne Skelton Bath college
6,652 Rick Jones University of Leeds Ridiculous over reaction from the college
6,651 Arran Evans Sussex Brighton
6,650 Paul Hurley University of the West of England
6,649 Sandra Eldridge London
6,648 Maryam Bailey Oldbury Britain is slowly becoming a communist society/ Government...Shame on Britain and shame on the prevent strategy!
6,647 NICOLAS COURTOIS University College London
6,646 Vincent Thurgood Greater London London
6,645 Paul Newnham Lancaster University
6,644 Tim Meredith Construction,Hartlepool In Solidarity with David
6,643 Jody Whitehead Railway This is disgusting at a time when we need teachers and lecturers this needs to stop
6,642 Judy Harrison University of Portsmouth To reinstate David Muritu
6,641 Don Noels
6,640 Ivan Rajic University of Sheffield Writing on a poster is a valid form of protest. Even if the college insists that this was a bad thing to do, there are hardly any imaginabe circumstances in which this merits dismissal. David Muritu should be immediately reinstated.
6,639 N Ahmad
6,638 Lorna McInulty University of Central Lancashire I agree the sanction is disproportionate.
6,637 Christopher Yewlett Cardiff Outrageous!
6,636 Peter Brown Anglia Ruskin University
6,635 Rachel Gomme Queen Mary University of London
6,634 James Purslow Bath This seems a very heavy handed response to writing on a poster. Whilst I see that it wasn't the best approach to criticising the 'Prevent' strategy sacking is way too severe.
6,633 Phil Turner Tarporley High School, Tarporley, Cheshire
6,632 Ray Barlow Shropshire
6,631 Tanya Serisier Birkbeck College
6,630 Fiona Mitchell University of Birmingham
6,629 Gill Norman University of manchester
6,628 Arabella Fisher Open university
6,627 Alex Colas Great Britain (GBR) LONDON
6,626 Sarah Kean-Price Bath College
6,625 Deevia Healeas Univertsity of Westminster London - I totally disagree with current climate adoptred by universities senior management of treating staff with disproportionate treatment of staff.
6,624 Eleanor Blair IT Staff and UCU member, Cambridge University Department of Engineering This seems like a completely disproportionate response to David's act of minor vandalism.
6,623 Phil Holifield University of Central Lancashire Gross misconduct is being used inappropriately in HEI institutions too
6,622 Caroline Sutcliffe University of Manchester
6,621 Deborah Philips University of Brighton
6,620 Masha Shaw University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
6,619 Tim Nisbet Coventry University
6,618 Joseph Mahtani Coventry University
6,617 Aidan O'Sullivan Birmingham City University Birmingham
6,616 Mandy Penellum Secretary, Barrow Trades Union Council Solidarity with Dave - he needs to be reinstated immediately
6,615 Joseph Dunne-Howrie
6,614 Derek Hardman None - Crawley (West Sussex) resident Such a gross slur, using a distortion as a tool in an attempt to undermine and wreck someone. Simply frightening.....
6,613 Amanda Burns The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
6,612 Kiran Hussain
6,611 Ben Mechen London
6,610 Jasmine Gani St Andrews St Andrews
6,609 Tariq Hanid UCL/London
6,608 Mark Iline UCL Completely disproportionate.
6,607 Eamonn Leddy City & Islington College (Centre for Lifelong Learning)
6,606 Ian MacLaren University of Glasgow
6,605 Ian Chard University of Edinburgh
6,604 Susan Grout Lambeth College I support the reinstatement of Dave Muritu and feel this incident does not merit a charge of gross misconduct
6,603 Kevin Wilson Newcastle University
6,602 Gloria Young Imperial College London
6,601 Anna Hubbard Southport Solidarity
6,600 Tracy Ramsey Merseyside
6,599 Giles Bailey Newcastle University
6,598 C Lloyd Birmingham
6,597 Leon Palmer West Thames College Not a sackable offence. Must be some kind of vitimisation going on there. Please have some common sense and reinstate this principled teacher.
6,596 Paul Green Wrexham Glyndwr University Need to reinstate him ASAP
6,595 Cynthia Okpokiri Anglia Ruskin University Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
6,594 Rhys Alden Canada
6,593 Mathew Nicolson University of Edinburgh
6,592 Andrea Burford
6,591 Brendan Barrett University of Bradford
6,590 Lesley Kane East Sussex Eastbourne
6,589 Lindsey Nicoll University of Dundee Excessive over-reaction on part of Sandwell College.
6,588 jane fearon Sheffield Hallam University
6,587 Barbara Badger Midlothian
6,586 Sarah Marusek University of Leeds
6,585 Deanna Edwards University of Salford
6,584 David Jones Sandwell College Very heavy handed tactics employed by Sandwell College. He should be supported not sacked!
6,583 James Urpeth Select London
6,582 Maeve McKeown
6,581 Gregor Wallace Retired
6,580 Ken Ranney ON
6,579 Jo Lendon Shropshire
6,578 Sam Pryke Wolverhampton University Liverpool
6,577 Buzz Rodwell Suffolk Absurd over the top reaction on the part of the College.
6,576 Prasad Ponnapalli MMU
6,575 David Eckersley Nottingham Trent University
6,574 Lynne Murphy University of Sussex
6,573 Ewen Speed University of Essex
6,572 Peter Worth University of Manchester
6,571 Lucy O'Meara University of Kent
6,570 Moira Howard
6,569 David Pearce Retired member
6,568 Tom Greenwood Goldsmiths, University of London
6,567 Stuart Tannock UCL Institute of Education
6,566 Diane Edmonds Great Grimsby As a retired college lecturer I find it very clear that the punishment for the 'offence' does not, in any way, match with what was done. I believe there is almost certainly a correlation to the man's successful union activity and the punishment meted out.
6,565 Irene Delgado-Fernandez Edge Hill University It is Prevent that should be sacked, not individulas with the courage to criticise it.
6,564 Chris Moffat Queen Mary University of London
6,563 Rachel Stubley University of South Wales good luck and solidarity David
6,562 david Halewiood doncaster college
6,561 Saadia Kiyani West Midlands Birmingham
6,560 Jenny Lennox London
6,559 Fiona Eccles
6,558 Alison Alborz University of Manchester Summary dismissal is a disproportionate response to the act of writing on a Prevent poster. It is clear that David is an equality champion and not racist, though he acted improperly by writing on this poster. The college has brought him to task over this and received a full apology. This incident did not bring the college into disrepute, but dismissing David has done so.
6,557 Glenn Martin WALSALL Free speech defending others against injustice is admirable.