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Leeds university lecturers fight job cuts

Issue No. 2184

Workers at the University of Leeds began a ballot for strike action on Monday of this week. The lecturers, in the UCU union, are facing a massive assault.

A series of “reviews” has already seen over 54 jobs disappear and another 700 are under threat.

Management want to impose compulsory redundancies and impose a further 10 percent of cuts.

Workers say that the cuts are damaging the quality of education that students receive and increasing the workload for individual lecturers.

Workers are balloting for action against any compulsory redundancies, which vice-chancellor, Michael Arthur, has refused to rule out.

Workers and students have already held big protests against the plans.

The union has already been in talks with university management at the conciliation service, Acas, and further talks are scheduled for 19 and 25 January.

If the cuts go through at Leeds it will be easier for university managements to push them elsewhere.

The union must stand firm against the cuts and go all out to win the ballot.

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Tue 12 Jan 2010, 18:09 GMT
Issue No. 2184
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