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Militant PhD-Employees` Inquiry

Published on Nov 22, 2016 Tags: , ,
Upcoming Monday two of our members will have an important date at the Berlin Labor Court. They have sued their employer, the Technische Universität Berlin (TU), for damage compensation and relocation within the TU because they are facing mobbing at their workplace. The university management has not been able to change the circumstances in the project in question, which is the prestigious third-party founded project “Rural Futures”. A militant inquiry aims to raise awareness and to present possible counter-strategies.

In the upcoming first hearing, the TU could take the opportunity to change this impression by finally taking responsibility and following our claims. We demand that the university management starts to care about the working and health conditions of their employees. 

No matter what the outcome of the hearing will be, the Education Section of FAU Berlin will enforce its engagement to improve working conditions in academia. The case of our comrades and its repercussions show that there is an urgent need for solidarity and independent organizations at the universities.

In our struggle for better conditions we encounter at least two major obstacles. First of all, there is no serious federal organization carrying about labor related issues of the nearly 30,000 people doing a doctorate in Germany. Secondly, even though the labor force of PhD-Employees is crucial for the research business, their efforts are not valued according to the professional skills they demonstrate.

To face those problems, some supporting comrades have drawn up a militant inquiry that aims to raise awareness and to present possible counter-strategies.

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