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Lecturers ballot for strikes at University of Leeds

by Malcolm Povey, president, Leeds University UCU (personal capacity)
Issue No. 2238

UCU union members at the University of Leeds are balloting for strike action after management failed to honour their side of an agreement reached last year over jobs.

Over a thousand jobs are under threat, covered by Section 188 redundancy notices, on top of a reduction in staff numbers of more than 600 during the past year.

In the meantime, the university is seeking to impose a method for attaching a numerical score to all members of academic staff—faciliting pre-selection for redundancy.

It is threatening restructuring in 17 separate review exercises covering half of all university staff.

Management has so far refused UCU’s request to talks at the conciliation service ACAS.

The ballot will run until 2 March and members are being asked to support both strike and action short of strike.

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