I am delighted to see that Richard Evans (Letters, theguardian.com, 11 February) supports the efforts of outsourced employees at the University of London’s Senate Home to go back to direct work with the university. I believe it regrettable that the choice was required to continue with the launch of his (excellent) brand-new bio of Eric Hobsbawm there recently when the Independent Employees of Great Britain (IWGB) had actually called a boycott. As the convenor of the socialist history workshop at Senate Home I have actually suspended workshops in assistance of the boycott. It is a standard act of uniformity. It depends on the outsourced employees and the union they pick to represent them to figure out method. While Teacher Evans is best that the university has actually concurred in concept to bring work and employees back internal, the schedule for this procedure crosses a number of years, while those worried continue to suffer substantial hinderance. What would Eric Hobsbawm have done? As a Marxist I am materialist so can just note he is no longer offered to inform us.
Dr Keith Flett
London Socialist Historians Group
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