We have spoken to the Senior Management on the phone. We have explained that we want staff to be in the library to provide regular services for students and to perform any necessary cleaning and stock-checking. We are locked into part of the ground floor of the library, though we have control of the front door and are working with two contracted security guards to ensure that library facilities are protected. The area is clean and orderly; we have informed management that we intend to do anything we can to facilitate staff in the space.
Senior Management have told us that they cannot allow any work to take place in the building until we have left. By this they mean that they will neither allow staff to provide basic library services, nor perform the maintenance tasks that they claim are required. When we asked them why this is so, they claimed that the problem relates to unspecified “safety issues”. Part of our request is that staff perform maintenance tasks in parts of the building to which we have no access. Staff can enter via their own entrance! How our presence can therefore constitute a safety issue is a great mystery for us.
On Tuesday management had no problem with staff entering the building to work. What has changed? We can’t get any answers.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that management have no intention of engaging with us to open this building. The management’s real reason for refusing to allow work to take place in the building is not some set of unspecified “safety issues”. Management want to keep the building closed to punish students for protesting; and they want to alienate the body of Goldsmiths students from the protest currently taking place in the library building.
Don’t let them. In the part of the building we are holding open, students are coming into the building and studying quietly. We the occupiers are on the door, greeting newcomers and preparing talks and meetings. Shortly we will begin to post images of the space – we hope they might encourage people to come down and join us. Please email the management to demand that they stop their petty game of blackmail and allow staff and students into the library to get on with their work and studies.
List of emails:
firstname.lastname@example.org: PA to Hugh Jones, Registrar
email@example.com: Diana Lockyer, PA to Jane Powell, Pro-Warden
firstname.lastname@example.org: Julia Shephard, PA to Sally Townsend, Director of Finance