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Lecturers lobby Queens University against cuts

Issue No. 2157

Lecturers in the UCU union at Queens University in Belfast are appalled at management plans to cut hundreds of jobs and close departments.

Some 103 jobs are at risk. The plans would close the German department, along with research departments including Nanotechnology.

Management blames a funding crisis for the proposed cuts.

But Queens has received increase funding this financial year – a 2 percent rise for learning and teaching and an extra 7.7 percent for research.

Around 150 lecturers came to an angry UCU union meeting on Thursday of last week. The meetings usually attract around ten people.

“This was probably the biggest meeting since we last took industrial action around two years ago,” Brian Kelly, a UCU rep at Queens, told Socialist Worker. “There is great outrage among people.

“There is real outrage among staff who have been receiving provocative letters from the admin at the same time as senior managers are giving themselves huge pay increases.

“The union strategy needs to match the anger among workers and to be effective in taking on management.

“There is massive support among students and the public but we need a strategy that taps into that.”

Over 200 people lobbied the university senate meeting on Tuesday morning this week.

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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