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University of Central Lancashire workers' strike challenges bosses’ ‘pig headed’ profit agenda

by Audrey Glover
Issue No. 2394

UCU members and supporters on the picket line last week

UCU members and supporters on the picket line last week (Pic: Audrey Glover)

UCU union members at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) struck on Thursday and Friday of last week over 52 job cuts. 

Local trade unionists supported them on a 50-strong protest on Thursday and on the picket line on Friday.

Lecturers successfully fought off a management bid to turn Uclan into the first private university in Britain last year.

Yet management is forging ahead with its business agenda. 

Student applications are up and the sport and tourism department has seen a massive increase in overseas students all paying very high fees. 

The university has no budget deficit. It has a surplus. 

The job cuts are to fund plans to open campuses in Sri Lanka and Cyprus. 

Management is also tearing up existing contracts and demanding that the lowest paid staff take up the duties of Heads of Departments.

Strikers said they would “like management to stop being so pig headed”. 

Others said, “There’s a hardworking, innovative group of people being undermined”. 

Workers were set to strike again on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Branch officers are keen to seek solidarity with other unions and struggles.

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