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First ever strike vote at Open University

Issue No. 2479

Open University (OU) workers have delivered an historic vote for strikes to stop job cuts and office closures.

The vote is the first vote for strikes in the OU’s history.

Some 72 percent of the UCU union members voting backed strikes and 83 percent supported action short of a strike.

Bosses want to close seven regional OU centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford.

This plan would put over 500 jobs at risk.

OU workers were set to meet this week to decide their next steps.

Any strike would also involve UCU members at other centres in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Nottingham.

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