During last week’s council meeting student council member requested evidence of sufficient effort of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) to find new teachers for the master program Economics & ICT. The request was necessary because the council could not wrap its head around the fact that there are no available positions, nor are there public vacancies – while at the same time the ESE claimed it was putting a great effort in finding people
In this case the ESE was saying one thing, while all other indicators pointed to something completely else. Hence, asked for tangible evidence of the efforts the ESE had made thus far. Dean Franses thereby responded that “should apply for an internship with me and observe what I and the others are doing, which would be from 8:00 in the morning until 24:00 at night”. Although his invitation was highly appreciated, it did imply a working day of 16 hours which is twice the amount allowed by Dutch legislation and the collective bargaining rights (CAO).
Cynical and evasive as usual
Knowing the dean, it does not take much of a brain to realize his invitation was a cynical one, only to be able to avoid answering the question and provide the requested evidence. The meeting’s spectators, largely consisting of students, was not very pleased with Franses’ statement as the 16 hour working day was said to be “contemptuous”. Students also stated Franses “underestimated them and thought of them as lesser beings”.
Although it is a pretty big thing that Franses’ statement hurt many feelings, it should not be forgotten that Franses refused to provide evidence of proper Human Resource Management (HRM) and that enough effort was put in finding teachers for Economics & ICT. Later, Franses said that he was of the opinion “no proper applicants exist in The Netherlands” and that therefore “it is useless to go through all that paperwork to publish vacancies”.
Illogical (as usual)
The Council stated it really cannot find any logic in Franses’ reasoning because there are other fish in the ocean and that there must be at least someone that would qualify as an applicant but that he or she has not discovered the ESE yet, due to a lack of vacancies. Franses remained firm and refused to realize there was a flaw in his reasoning.
It can be concluded that since Franses refused to provide the requested evidence and it is difficult to find logic in his reasoning, it is now doubtful whether or not he really treats his interns as undervalued labor.