January 31, 2013
For those of you who’ve been following my posts about the suspension of Ian Parker from Manchester Metropolitan University, I have good news!
The suspension is over.
Here is a message from Ian that was posted on Asylum, An International Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry, Psychology and Community Development:
I was notified by letter dated 7 December that I should return to work on 10 December. My suspension is thus over. The petition and letters of support alongside the UCU branch mobilisation made this possible. I would like to give many thanks to all those who supported me during this difficult time. There are some remaining issues concerning the conditions under which I can work, and it is an open question now as to whether this will be in MMU or not. It will not be in the Department of Psychology. Meantime, I continue to work in the Discourse Unit (www.discourseunit.com), and in the international networks of solidarity and scholarship that have sustained me so far.
The incident was and remains a complicated conflict involving the university administration, the union and Ian and other faculty. Apparently, the university has to acknowledge that Ian had the right to question management procedures as a UCU (union) representative. You can read the accounting in Social Resistance.
If you don’t know Ian’s work you can find papers and books from Google and Goolgle Scholar searches. For a more personal view, check out “What is Revolution?” a video of Ian in conversation with Fred Newman.