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Dundee lecturers to strike and protest

Issue No. 2241

UCU union members at Dundee University are set to strike on Tuesday of next week against the failure of the university to commit to no

compulsory redundancies.

The university is seeking almost 200 job cuts as part of its latest strategic review.

The one-day strike is part of a campaign to defend education from £7 million of cuts.

The university is already reducing the number of places offered to students before the cuts hit, to avoid being penalised for “over-recruitment”.

It is also removing support for disabled students and reducing the number of technicians in engineering subjects.

Students in the Anti-Cuts Action Network and the campaign group of disabled students established to stop cuts have voted to support the strike.

The Student Association is expected to back the strike this week. UCU president at Dundee University, Carlo Morelli, said, “I am proud that the students will be joining staff on their picket lines. Together we can show how to stop these cuts.”

Students and staff will hold a day of action for education on the strike day, combining protests at Dundee and Abertay University and Dundee College.

Together the action will seek to close the university down and turn the pressure on the Scottish government for its failure to support post-16 education.

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