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Keele lecturers protest against course closures and job cuts

by a Keele lecturer
Issue No. 2096

Around 300 people protested against course closures and staff redundancies at Keele university on Thursday of last week.

Delegations came from Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, London, the Midlands and Manchester, and from across the unions, to support the UCU lecturers' union campaign.

A lobby of the university council was followed by a lively march and rally against the closure of almost all courses in the School of Economic and Management Studies, including distance learning courses in industrial relations, which are popular among trade unionists. This would result in 38 redundancies from the current 67 staff.

The mood among the affected UCU members is to keep up the existing action of boycotting various administrative tasks and visit days for potential students.

A branch meeting on Tuesday of this week will debate further escalation.

LGBT election

The election for the LGBT members' representative on the executive of the UCU union opens on 23 April.

Activist Howard Miles is the UCU Left candidate. 'I want to make sure that LGBT issues are central to the organisation and campaigning of the union,' Howard told Socialist Worker.

Howard is currently speaking at union meetings around the countries and is asking branches to endorse him. For more information go to »

Political fund ballot

The ballot has begun over whether the UCU union should renew its political fund. Activists should be organising to get a strong yes vote to keep the political fund. The ballot closes on 30 April.

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Tue 8 Apr 2008, 19:57 BST
Issue No. 2096
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