LECTURERS AT Sunderland University have voted by 61 percent for strike action against redundancies. In June, 46 lecturers received letters saying that they were in a pool from which 12 would be made redundant.
Since the return from the summer break a campaign has grown. Some 40 attended a lobby of management. Students in the affected departments have started to petition and are mounting a poster campaign pointing out that redundancies would damage their education.
In a ballot of members of the AUT lecturers' union 61 percent voted in favour of strike action, and 82 percent voted in favour of action short of a strike. The first day of strike action is set for 18 November. Staff know that, if compulsory redundancies go ahead, it will mean that no job is safe. If savings need to be made it should start with Peter Fidler, the vice-chancellor, who is on £112,000 a year.