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Love. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Again.

February 4, 2016

Reblogging an edited version of this – in response to the ITC Industrial Action.



Industrial action taken by ITC lecturers has provoked a predictable backlash in various comments sections.  It seems that no matter how evidence you present of long hours and terrible way in the growing academic precariat, the conviction that lecturers of any description must be lazy and greedy is so deeply entrenched that mere facts seem powerless to shift it.  Indeed, if you begin a google search with “Lecturers are…” then “lazy” is the word that is first suggested.  It seems that many people feel that lecturers are always thought to be being paid too much, are not working hard enough, and should be sacked without warning on a regular basis.  And the frequent comment is made “… if they don’t like it, they can find another job.”

Other public sector workers are not (yet) given the same advice.  When firefighters, nurses, and law enforcement are unable to adequately recruit –…

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