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Issue No. 2343

Strikes suspended for new talks

UCU union members at the University of Birmingham suspended a planned strike last week for talks.

They were set to walk out against compulsory redundancies and “aggressive” management.

If no progress is made, they plan to strike for half a day on Tuesday of next week from 9am.

Meanwhile UCU members at Halesowen College in the Black Country were set to hold talks with the college principal on Tuesday of this week.

The union suspended a planned two-day strike for this week in defence of four sacked workers.

Growing jobs fight at London Met

UCU union members at London Metropolitan University were set to meet to discuss industrial action to defend jobs this week.

Management plans for restructuring in the university’s Business School would cut academic staff by more than 40 percent.

This would cut around 150 jobs and push remaining workers onto lower grades.

Management also plan to move away from existing contracts.

This would push up workloads and increase stress among workers.

Bosses have suspended three union members. A meeting to defend them was due to be held as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Exploiting casual workers isn’t smart

The UCU union’s anti‑casualisation committee has called a national day of action on Wednesday of this week against casual contracts in further and higher education.

Activists aim to recruit staff on casualised contracts to the union and to campaign for better conditions.

Jamie Woodcock

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Tue 5 Mar 2013, 15:46 GMT
Issue No. 2343
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