Important Statement & Video Evidence Regarding Goldsmiths Cash Office

1 Dec

Important Statement & Video Evidence Regarding Goldsmiths Cash Office: 01.12.2011

This short statement is to address and refute claims currently being made by the Goldsmiths’ management regarding the Short Term Emergency Loan Payments and other payments currently not going out to Goldsmiths students.

We are not occupying, have never occupied and have no access to the Cash Office. Our video evidence shows clear access to the Cash Office from other entrances to the Whitehead building, yet the university decided to close it. Shamefully, this means students are prevented from getting their emergency loans and other payments. This situation is disgraceful and must be rectified immediately. It saddens and enrages us that management would use our fellow students’ emergency hardship funds as a weapon in this way. We have never had any intention of disrupting the Cash Office that is so important for our fellow students – this is precisely why we didn’t occupy that part of the building in the first place.

The university cites a security threat of our presence next door to the Cash Office as the reason for keeping it closed. There is absolutely no basis for this claim. The occupation has for a week been safe and peaceful: no damage has been done to the university property and there are no incidents that would suggest any possibility of a ‘security breach’. Indeed, there is already an increased security presence around the building, including two security guards outside the Cash Office, at present in grave danger of being bored to death.

What the management are doing is a blatant attempt at creating a division between students. This false antagonism between students is a familiar tactic in attempts at discrediting student occupations and a diversion of attention from the management’s collusion in the marketisation of our university. In the same spirit, the Psychology Department has been moving its lectures to other spaces around the campus, despite the Ian Gulland lecture theatre being open and many lectures taking place there all week. Manipulating students in hardship like this is despicable, as is management’s attempt to misrepresent a non-violent student occupation as potentially threatening and in need of extra policing. This sadly reflects a broader climate in the UK, where all forms of dissent are criminalised.

We call on the university management to immediately re-open the Cash Office and issue students with the financial support that they are desperately waiting for.

Sort it out.

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  1. Relocation, relocation, relocation « occupygoldsmiths - December 3, 2011

    […] staff can see through this. Management weren’t content with this though, and actually closed the (unoccupied) cash office , apparently because it was next to an occupation, saying that it ‘made staff uneasy and […]

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