Socialist Worker

Wave of Open University strikes looms

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2480

UCU union members in the Open University (OU) plan a national strike on Wednesday 25 November followed by a series of regional walkouts.

The workers are fighting plans to close seven regional OU centres and the loss of around 500 jobs.

Regional centres face closure in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford.

The following regional strikes are planned:

  • Birmingham 30 November
  • London 1 December
  • Oxford 2 December
  • Leeds 3 December
  • Gateshead 4 December
  • Cambridge 7 December
  • Bristol 8 December
  • Nottingham 9 December
  • Manchester 10 December
  • Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes national offices 11 December

A strike ballot at the University of Manchester was set to end on Friday of this week. UCU union members are balloting for action after bosses announced plans to make 68 redundancies.

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