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Lecturers force retreat by Queen Mary management

Issue No. 2331

Lecturers at Queen Mary University of London called off a planned strike last week after management retreated over a new assessment structure.

UCU union members were set to strike on Thursday of last week after management failed to confirm that it would negotiate any changes to appraisals.

It had threatened to impose a new performance management system without negotiation. But when management then committed to negotiate any changes in writing, workers called off the strike.

The threat of a strike forced management to retreat, but the battle isn’t over. Lecturers remain concerned about management plans for changes to assessments, particularly if they can be used to target people for redundancies.

Queen Mary’s management has said that it wants “to maintain the flexibility on performance to meet with changing external drivers such as funding requirements and research assessments”. The UCU has already warned that further action could be taken to defend workers.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2331
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