Socialist Worker

Wave of rolling strikes by Open University lecturers

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2483

UCU union members at the Open University (OU) are continuing a wave of strikes against cuts.

Workers have staged a national strike and several regional walkouts against bosses’ plans to close seven regional centres and slash over 500 jobs.

Alison Higgs at the OU’s London centre told Socialist Worker, “Closing centres will exclude a lot of people. Some don’t have resources to do things without support.”

UCU rep Isabel added, “Students want to feel like they are in a university environment, but they won’t if the cuts go through.”

Workers have won support from students and other trade unionists.

Bosses want to shut sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford.

Strikes hit Birmingham, London, Oxford, Leeds and Gateshead throughout last week. OU workers were out in Cambridge on Monday of this week and Bristol the following day.

Further strikes are planned in Nottingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes.

Lambeth College workers in south London rallied on Monday of this week against compulsory redundancies.

UCU union members are also balloting for strikes.

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