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Fight for jobs spreads across colleges and universities

Issue No. 2247

UCU members at Sheffield College and the University of Stirling have voted to strike against job losses.

At Sheffield, some 84 percent voted to strike to stop 120 redundancies.

At the University of Stirling 64 percent backed strikes and 83 percent backed action short of strikes.

Lecturers there are fighting plans to sack 17 workers at the institute of aquaculture.

Workers were meeting to discuss their next steps as Socialist Worker went to press.

Liverpool and Newcastle strike to save jobs

Lecturers at Liverpool Hope University struck on Friday of last week against compulsory redundancies. All lectures were cancelled.

More than 90 jobs are at risk. University management claims there is a funding crisis—yet the vice-chancellor grabbed a 21 percent salary increase in 2009-10.

The UCU union called the rise “astonishing”.

Newcastle College lecturers struck on Tuesday of this week to save jobs.

Some 82 percent backed strikes in a ballot last month. Workers are fighting more than 170 redundancies, three quarters of which are teaching positions.

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