日期: 2009年4 月24日(星期五)
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Dear Cityu Friends,
The Senior Management of the CityU is sacking 100 staff. Across the board, Instructors, Lecturers and Assistant Professors whose contracts are due are given no contract renewal or six-month terminal contract, etc, regardless of the level of performance. This is unacceptable!
This blow is delivered at a time when CityU is sitting on a huge surplus and unemployment is on the rise in Hong Kong. Worse still – the sacking of these dedicated and competent colleagues, many of whom have been on contract for years, will ultimately lead to the inevitable decline of the quality of education we provide to the next Hong Kong generation. This is NOT GOOD FOR OUR STUDENTS!
We must NOT allow the Senior Management to dictate and dismiss these teaching staff for NO VALID REASONS. Despite the fact that Departmental Staffing Committees and College Staff Committees have recommended for contract renewal, they are being terminated by the top management. This is outrageous. We, including those substantiated ones, must not let such a dictatorial act go unchallenged, even as they deny that they even considered such a plan after much publicity in the local press generated by the CityU Public Relations Office.
Therefore, in order to safeguard quality teaching at CityU and protect the best interests of staff (contract or substantiated) and students, we must come out and say NO to UNFAIR DISMISSAL! After all, CityU is a public institution—it is not a private company at the mercy of the owner. Our real boss is Hong Kong citizens and we must try our very best to ensure that their children received the best quality education we can offer and not just do research in a bid to climb the world university ranking ladder at all costs.
CityU Staff Association calls on EVERYONE to join our demonstration tomorrow. Particulars are as follows:
Date: Friday (Tomorrow) April 24, 2009
Time: 12:30noon to 1:15p.m.
Venue: Outside the Library
A number of LegCo members have agreed to join us and support our demands. What the Senior Management is doing is NOT GOOD FOR STUDENTS, NOT GOOD FOR CITYU AND NOT GOOD FOR THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.
Join the rally and dress in BLACK! It is time we stopped the ruthless act of sacking dedicated colleagues, friends whom we have worked with for a long, long time. If you do not come out and protect these colleagues and friends, next time is you. By then it will be too late!
CityU Staff Association
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