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Redundancies off the table at Dundee University?

by Carlo Morelli
Issue No. 2455

A major victory against compulsory redundancies could be on the cards this week for UCU union members at Dundee University. 

Management had threatened to sack 17 staff in the College of Arts & Social Sciences and 15 in the School of Medicine when voluntary severance failed to gain sufficient job losses. 

Workers have struck for two days and timed a third strike to stop exam boards awarding degrees on Tuesday of next week. They have also boycotted the process of applying for their own jobs.

At talks last week compulsory redundancy was withdrawn and an extension to September to achieve savings was agreed. New jobs will be created after some workers refused voluntary severance.

Union members’ anger and their repeated demands for more action have shown management their cuts will be resisted. 

Lively union meetings, large pickets and demands for further action have all boosted workers’ confidence. We know where we fight we can push back cuts and job losses.

Workers were waiting for senior management to confirm the agreements at last week’s talks as Socialist Worker went to press. They were preparing to strike on Tuesday should bosses renege on the deal.

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Tue 26 May 2015, 16:01 BST
Issue No. 2455
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