FNV (Netherlands Trade Union Confederation) Government currently has 4 seats in the University Council (UC).
What are the key focus areas of FNV Government?
We wish to continue our work for a University that offers an inspiring workplace for all its staff and focuses on its primary tasks of education and research, providing space and showing appreciation for both; where co-participation functions well and the interests of all employees are protected, through realistic requirements, as few rules and regulations as possible, good opportunities for development, and clear career prospects.
This calls for:
- re-orientation on the core tasks of education and research, and their administrative support. The University is doing well, but there is too much focus on marginal issues, such as international rankings, national politics, etc.;
- as few rules and regulations as possible, and as much confidence as possible in the professionalism of the staff at all levels. The University is becoming increasingly administrative and the accountability culture just keeps growing: visitations, evaluations, performance agreements, success rates, teaching qualifications, binding study advice - the list gets longer and longer, resulting in a great deal of administrative (and boring) work, which takes away some of the work enjoyment of both academic and support staff. This must be restricted as far as possible;
- a close examination of the feasibility of every new measure, to ensure that the workload does not increase even more.
What distinguishes you from the other parties?
First of all, voters know what we stand for, and we have a more persistent and critical attitude to the Executive Board’s plans, which are often insufficiently based on practice, than other parties. A strong response to the Executive Board is needed to ensure that the interests of staff are also taken into account whenever a new measure is proposed. And as a group, we not only represent ourselves, but via our members have direct contact with employees in all echelons of the University. This makes us more aware of what issues are currently important among the staff, and allows us to represent their interests better, right up to the level of the Local Consultative Committee.
What have you achieved during the 2016-2018 period?
The FNV Government group in the UC has always promoted the interests of all staff, from secretaries to professors to security staff. In the recent period we have, for instance, drawn attention to a number of important issues:
- We have ensured that the university’s new vision on teaching and learning remains practicable. It should not be the case that such innovations increase the workload, and reduce staff motivation, leading to poorer quality teaching education.
- We raised the discussion with the Executive Board that making plans for a university-wide harmonisation of educational logistics cannot be implemented without first evaluation the consequences of this harmonisation with respect to additional workload for both administrative and academic staff.
- We continue to strive for a healthy and safe working environment. We have contributed to restricting managers’ abuse of power and fostering a good atmosphere among colleagues.
- We also continue to counteract segregation of staff. Within the academic staff, a subgroup threatens to arise that primarily performs research. This means an increase in the teaching workload of the rest of the staff who combine teaching with research.
We have also frequently helped to smooth the rough edges of new policy measures, which is a necessary task.
Why should I vote for FNV Government?
We aim to achieve a healthy university: a university that offers a pleasant working environment and where your contribution is appreciated.
Support FNV Government in the coming elections of the University Council and vote for one of our candidates in the election week from Monday 16 through Thursday 19 April 2018!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bart van der Steen.