Wetenschap - 23 februari 1995

ISS PhD Students Stage Sit-In

ISS PhD Students Stage Sit-In

On February 14th, 16 PhD students (of a group of approximately 20), at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) held a 5 hour long sit-in to protest against the lack of action regarding their monthly stipend. Since 1989, PhD students have been complaining that the 1500 guilders they receive is 300 guilders short of the requirement set by the alien police as the minimum income sufficient to support a spouse or family member. This means that students cannot bring a family member over to accompany them during their study. For students who are away from home for 4-6 years the 300 guilder difference means a great deal.

The ISS PhD Committee has counteracted with the argument that PhD students receive other privileges such as insurance, photocopy cards, and book allowances. These perks add up to an amount which brings the monthly total to over 1800 guilders. Though the issue is far from being settled, the students have scored their first successes. The sit-in has resulted in the creation of a working group, composed of both students and ISS staff, which will look into the matter in greater detail. Their actions have also resulted in the appointment of a PhD representative who will attend future Committee meetings.

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