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Liverpool University lecturers begin ballot for strikes

Issue No. 2363

Lecturers at the University of Liverpool have begun a ballot for strikes to stop an unprecedented attack on their jobs.

More than half the university workforce has been ordered to sign new, worse contracts or face the sack.

The ballot of UCU union members ends on 6 September.

Bosses want workers to sign up to contracts imposing new requirements for them to work bank holidays, weekends and evenings. Unions have an agreement with management that any contractual changes must be negotiated.

But bosses have simply consulted over the changes. And if unions don’t agree to them, management has confirmed it will issue dismissal notices to 2,803 workers.

More than 100 workers and supporters picketed Lewisham and Southwark College on Wednesday of last week at the start of a one-hour strike. 

Lecturers in the UCU union called the action against cuts to courses and jobs.

Some 86 percent of lecturers backed strikes in a recent ballot, and 96 percent also supported action short of strikes.

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Tue 23 Jul 2013, 16:10 BST
Issue No. 2363
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