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Open letter to the Central administration of the University of Sheffield

This is an open letter to the Estates and Facilities Management and the central administration of the University of Sheffield from the staff and students of the University.

The Estates and Facilities Management of the University of Sheffield are introducing an initiative where rubbish bins are removed from staff offices across the University and pairs of bins are put in the common corridors. This initiative is enforced without any consultation and is phrased in efficiency terms, including a reference to 4% of cleaners time used to clean the individual rubbish bins. The initiative is presented as Green, but what is the bigger picture?

We strongly believe that the effect of the initiative will be the shift of the cleaners' jobs elsewhere, which will make some of the cleaners jobs redundant, leading to job losses in the future. On the other hand the workload will increase elsewhere, contributing to the slow but steady decline of the status of the academic job in the UK, among other things.

We are all for recycling, but please let's not mix recycling with efficiency! Please give us our two rubbish bins back in each office so that we can recycle properly! Please do not put cleaners jobs in the bin!


Evgeny Shinder
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