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Lobby against redundancies at Keele university

by a Keele lecturer
Issue No. 2095

Members of the UCU union and other protesters are set to lobby the council of Keele university on Thursday of this week over the threatened redundancy of 38 of the 67 staff in the School of Economic and Management Studies.

Delegations are coming from across the country, particularly from Manchester and London.

The redundancies were drawn up in secret and announced just before Christmas.

The university miscalculated by pre-selecting staff for redundancy and has had to backtrack.

This allowed time for a campaign to develop against threatened course closures, including important distance-learning courses in industrial relations, which are popular among trade unionists.

Union membership across the school rose, leading to a successful one-day strike by affected staff in February.

This has been followed by industrial action short of a strike across the whole university.

Keele’s crude attempt at “subject cleansing” and the introduction of “business friendly” courses is seen by many bosses as a trailblazer, not just for future changes at Keele but also across the whole of the university sector.

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Tue 1 Apr 2008, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2095
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