[KS] SOAS Librarians Reinstated

Owen Miller owen at saudade.plus.com
Tue Nov 22 14:24:22 EST 2005

I just like to add to the message forwarded by Robert Provine that the mood
SOAS is one of jubilation after this victory. It took the combined efforts
of the academic
staff, who voted overwhelmingly for a five-day strike, members of the
non-academic union Unison, who pledged their support and the students, who
threatened a joint walk-out and many of whom have been withholding their
fees. To this should be added the support that the two librarians, Sue Small
Fujiko Kobayashi, have received from Asianists and academic librarians
around the
world. The management held out for a long time in the face of the huge anger
solidarity that their decision elicited, but in the end they were forced to

The two librarians have been fully reinstated and will resume their posts
Monday. In addition, the management has promised a review of the library
restructuring and of human resources processes.

Action does produce results.

Owen Miller
(SOAS Korean Studies)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Provine" <provine at umd.edu>
To: "Korean Studies List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 2:18 AM
Subject: [KS] SOAS Librarians Reinstated

> Forwarded from the H-ASIA list --
> November 21, 2005
> SOAS librarians reinstated
> ************************************************************************
> From: "Michel Hockx" <mh17 at soas.ac.uk>
> Dear H-ASIA members,
> I am delighted to inform you that I have just received official
confirmation that the SOAS
> China Librarian and the SOAS Japan/Korea Librarian, whose positions were
made redundant in
> September, are to be reinstated. This is the outcome of a long process
during which the
> hundreds of emails sent by H-ASIA members in support of these librarians
have played a
> very important part. With this message, I should like to express my
heartfelt thanks to
> all of you who have taken an interest in this matter.
> Kind regards,
> Michel Hockx
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