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Dundee university strike puts pressure on bosses

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2452

Workers at Dundee university on the picket line last week

Workers at Dundee university on the picket line last week

UCU union members at Dundee university struck on Tuesday of this week against compulsory redundancies.

Carlo Morelli is vice president of the UCU branch there. He told Socialist Worker, “The strike is well-supported. 

“We are boycotting the process of people reapplying for their jobs and people are quite confident about that.”

Around 15 strikers joined a wet picket line at the university on Tuesday. They were set to meet management for talks on Friday of this week. Bosses had wanted to make up to 15 workers in the school of medicine redundant, along with 17 in the college of arts and social sciences. 

UCU members backed strikes by 72 percent in a recent ballot. Now workers’ action has forced them to retreat.

Carlo said, “It’s good that the number of threatened redundancies in the School of Medicine has gone down. 

“It shows management is under pressure. Now we need to see if they are serious about redeploying people. 

“The ball is in their court.”

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Tue 5 May 2015, 15:55 BST
Issue No. 2452
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