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Keele university lecturers vote for strike over cuts

by Keele UCU activists
Issue No. 2089

Lecturers at Keele University have voted for a one day strike on Thursday of this week over job cuts and restructuring.

Last December the university announced that 38 out of 67 jobs would be cut in the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS).

Its proposal was to shut down almost all current courses in economics and business administration.

This would particularly hit industrial relations where hundreds of trade unionists have successfully pursued certificate and masters’ courses over the last 20 years.

The plans also included appointing new lecturers on the lowest pay grades to staff a series of business-friendly courses, in order to create a “vibrant” business school.

This could be repeated at other universities across the country.

In SEMS there was a four to one majority to strike in the ballot. A two to one majority of the whole Keele UCU membership agreed to boycott various administrative duties.

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Tue 19 Feb 2008, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2089
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