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A big vote for walkouts at the University of Liverpool

Issue No. 2370

UCU union members at Liverpool university have voted for strikes against bosses’ plans to impose worse contracts on nearly 3,000 non-academic staff.

Workers backed strikes by 65 percent and action short of a strike by 82 percent. The turnout was just over 50 percent.

Mark O’Brien is a researcher at Liverpool university. 

He said the vote “shows that if you give a serious lead you can win people to the idea of taking action”.

The contracts would mean management could call workers into work outside their contracted hours—with no time off in lieu to make up for it. 

Bosses also want to make every day of the year, in principle, a working day.

The other unions affected are Unison and Unite. Some 88 percent of Unison members voted to have an industrial action ballot in a consultative ballot held over the summer.

UCU members at the university are set to meet on Tuesday of next week to decide on an action plan.

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Tue 10 Sep 2013, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2370
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