Lecturers at the University of West England (UWE) were set to strike on Thursday of this week, the first strike in the university’s history.
The action is against management attempts to cut jobs and demote workers.
Maeve Landman is the UCU branch equality officer at the university and south west regional chair of the union. She is currently standing for election to the union’s national executive committee.
Maeve told Socialist Worker, “The turnout in our ballot of more than 60 percent shows the mood among lecturers.
“Management say this is about making the university ‘fit for purpose’. But they are trampling roughshod over collective agreements. Management deleted more than 300 senior posts and people had to reapply for them—but only 240 remained.
“They want to abandon the role of principal lecturer altogether and all readers and professors had to justify their position or face being demoted.
“This is a programme of demotion. Management have refused to listen to our objections or stop the changes and the mood is furious.”
Workers plan to hold a series of strikes and have set a further date for Friday 18 February.
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Elections to the UCU national executive and national positions began on Monday of this week. Go to www.uculeft.devisland.net/nec-elections-2011.html for a full list of candidates and election materials.