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In brief: Compulsory? Catastrophe!

Issue No. 1778

Members of NATFHE, the university and college lecturers' union, were due to strike at Middlesex University in north London on Wednesday of this week over compulsory redundancies.

The university announced in June that it wanted to lose 60 jobs through voluntary redundancy and freezing vacancies. Now management says ten more lecturers' posts must go by compulsory redundancy. We have never had compulsory redundancies at Middlesex University before.

These redundancies would set a precedent that would threaten everyone else in the university. Several subjects are also threatened including the course race and culture.
Middlesex University lecturer

Bumpy ride for Rolls?

Workers at Rolls Royce aerospace are deciding on their response to redundancies. The company announced job cuts after 11 September. It has now said where the axe will fall. Rolls Royce in Bristol is losing over 450 jobs. One worker said that '11 September is just an excuse. The company has been planning this for ages. Around 18 months ago they announced the amount of the finished products built at Rolls Royce would go down from 23 percent to 15 percent. This was always going to mean job losses. We need to build up pressure from the rank and file.'

Jobs fight takes off

Around 1,800 workers at Manchester Airport are being balloted for strikes over 90 job cuts. The workers are firefighters, security staff, airfield marshals and clerical staff. They are members of the TGWU, AEEU and MSF unions. The result is expected on 21 December.

A laugh at crazy laws

Around 50 legalise cannabis campaigners marched among Christmas shoppers in Stockport on Saturday in protest at the continuing incarceration of Colin Davies.

Colin is the founder of the local Medical Marijuana Co-op supplying cannabis to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Juries have found him not guilty on two previous occasions. Protesters ended up outside Stockport police station for a 'smoke-in' as part of this Laugh at the Law Day.

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Sat 8 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1778
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