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Stop the Witch Hunt - Defend Max Jawad and Steve

This petition was published by steve jawad max campaign on Feb 23, 2013
Closed on Mar 14, 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who signed and supported this campaign.

Max, Jawad and Steve have now all been reinstated.

To read a message from Max, Jawad and Steve please see here: wad-and-steve/

We the undersigned protest at the suspensions of elected staff governor Jawad Botmeh, UNISON Chair, Max Watson and Professor Steve Jefferys, Director of WLRI and FAIR, and the harassment and investigations directed against other members of staff in WLRI.

While it appears that the investigation relates to Jawad’s previous conviction, this was a matter of record, and had been declared to his managers and HR. I must therefore conclude that the current investigation is designed to intimidate staff and their representatives.

Steve, Jawad and Max have broken no university rules. They have all been entirely open and honest with the university. Professor Jefferys had the authority to make casual appointments. There were no procedures suggesting he should discriminate against former prisoners. Jawad had twice informed the university in writing of his earlier prison sentence and conviction and this evidence is on their files.

The WLRI was set up by Londonmet to undertake ‘academic, applied and socially-committed research and teaching emphasising equality and social justice into all aspects of working lives’. Now is the time for the university to be FAIR to the Institute and its staff.

In our view these suspensions are an attack on the principles of staff rights and representation, on social justice and on academic freedom, and we call on you to lift the suspensions immediately.

This petition is now closed.

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