Lecturers at the University of Liverpool have scored a victory over management. Bosses had threatened to dismiss 2,803 workers if they refused to sign new contracts. These contracts would allow bosses to call in workers as needed—without giving them any time off in lieu in return.
But management has climbed down after workers threatened strikes. They have agreed to maintain all existing time off in lieu arrangements. No contracts will be terminated. And the university has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding that includes a commitment to negotiations with unions.
It has also given an assurance that it doesn’t want to establish a “long hours” culture. UCU union members unanimously agreed the new contract at a mass meeting on Tuesday of last week. Some 82 percent of UCU members backed industrial action in a ballot over the summer. The result shows that fighting can push the bosses back.