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Workers vote for strikes to save jobs at Dundee university

Issue No. 2406

Dundee University UCU members have voted by 69 percent for strikes on a 38 percent turnout against threats of compulsory redundancy. 

University bosses want to cut up to 120 jobs, around 10 percent of academic staff, and increase the work of those remaining in a bid to create a 6 percent surplus. 

UCU must now turn the ballot into industrial action and organise before the summer to stop the first redundancies being implemented in July.


Strike ballot set to start at King's College London

Workers at King’s College London are preparing for strikes to stop up to 120 redundancies. 

The job cuts will be based on “performance” criteria such as how much money each worker brings in research grants.

Bosses have a £600 million capital investment plan—and they want to cut staff to help fund it.

An emergency general meeting of the UCU union voted unanimously to ballot for strikes. The ballot begins on Friday of this week.


Victory for fractional workers at Soas

Workers at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have won a victory over contracts.

The UCU union members are on fractional contracts—those employed on a fraction of a full time job.

They began an unofficial marking boycott over unpaid hours. 

The UCU and Soas bosses reached an agreement at the Acas conciliation service on Friday 23 May. 

It gives fractional staff more pay, guarantees no victimisation of those involved in the campaign and promises further negotiations this month to address outstanding issues.

Alexis Wearmouth, a fractional worker at Soas involved in the campaign, spoke at a UCU Left fringe meeting at UCU congress last week. “This campaign came out of nowhere,” he said.

“We had to fight every step of the way. Some of the time we were fighting our own union leadership. We were told we couldn’t be serious about being paid for all the house we work.”

Fractional staff at Soas were set to meet to discuss the next moves as Socialist Worker went to press.


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