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Out to stop job cuts at Manchester College

Issue No. 2167

Lecturers at Manchester College struck again on Thursday of last week in their campaign to reverse course cuts and redundancies.

Workers are angry that the job losses include UCU union branch secretary David Swanson – in what they believe is an attack on union organisation.

One half of the newly merged college was solidly out. In the other half, where the union was weakened after a previous victimisation, only a minority was out. But recruitment to the union there is increasing fast.

Following a march around town, lecturers vowed to continue building support and confidence on the weaker sites.

At a determined strike meeting on the day, UCU members decided to increase political pressure on the local council through lobbying Labour Party events and by taking further strike action this month.

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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2167
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