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Picket lines strong as unions strike at Middlesex university

Issue No. 2272

Workers at Middlesex university, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week in protest at planned job cuts. The action involved workers in both the UCU and Unison unions at the university.

One striker spoke to Socialist Worker from the picket line. “It’s looking good,” she said. “We’ve got between 30 and 40 on the picket lines. The student union is here to support us too.

“Management are using hourly paid students. They are employed to help on open days—and to encourage students to cross picket lines.” But the picket lines were having an effect, she said. “I’ve just turned a student around.”

The cuts put up to 300 jobs at risk. University management has refused to say whether or not the cuts will mean higher workloads for workers who remain.

According to UCU this refusal could breach nationally agreed conditions. The cuts will result in a worse service for students.

Workers are now set to meet to discuss their next steps. It will be important to argue against accepting voluntary redundancies.

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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2272
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