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Lecturers' victory at Dundee University

by Carlo Morelli, president, Dundee UCU
Issue No. 2041

Dundee University has withdrawn its threat of compulsory redundancies. This is a victory for the UCU lecturers' union after a vigorous campaign.

We are continuing to ask members and branches to sign our petition for a national campaign against redundancies and privatisation, a nationwide demonstration and a special higher education conference.

The petition is at

The university was intending to move to compulsory redundancies if the threats of reduced redundancy pay did not generate enough 'voluntary' redundancies.

We launched a determined campaign from the beginning against redundancy threats. We rejected an approach adopted elsewhere to immediately enter into negotiation over redundancy terms.

We placed education and access to education alongside defence of our members’ jobs.

National support for a ballot on industrial action and clear support from UCU Scotland demonstrated that Dundee’s opposition was not simply locally based.

At Dundee we still have a long way to go in preventing the cuts being introduced in other ways.

So the campaign is far from over. There are continued threats of job losses at other colleges and privatisation around Britain.

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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