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Dundee university workers plan walkouts to save jobs

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2405

Workers at the University of Dundee are balloting for strikes to save jobs.

Bosses have told the UCU union members they plan to make up to 120 redundancies—but staff don’t yet know who is at risk.

Carlo Morelli is assistant secretary of the UCU there. He told Socialist Worker, “There’s no time limit for the redundancy process. 

“Anybody and everybody can be part of it. People are scared but it’s interesting that the mood is angry. There’s a clear commitment to taking action.”

The UCU had agreed to a voluntary severance programme, but bosses then confirmed they would impose targeted cuts. 

Very few workers had applied for voluntary redundancy—despite the offer of big redundancy packages.

The ballot ends on Monday of next week. “If the vote goes for action there will be a debate about what action to take,” said Carlo.

“I don’t think anyone believes we can get the bosses to back off without serious strikes. The idea of taking partial action won’t wash here as management docked a full day’s pay for previous two hour strikes.

“Two days of strikes to hit graduations would have a big impact—management would hate it.”

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Tue 27 May 2014, 17:42 BST
Issue No. 2405
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