Socialist Worker

Strikes to defend jobs and conditions at universities of Leeds and Manchester

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2575

Leeds university could be shut down

Leeds university could be shut down (Pic: Tim Green/Wikicommons)


UCU union members at two universities are preparing for strikes.

Lecturers at the University of Leeds were set to strike for three days from Wednesday over attacks on conditions.

It follows a 24-hour strike in June.

Bosses there want to bring in a new clause that would make “some other substantial reason” a ground for dismissal.

The UCU has called this a “sackers’ charter”.

Lesley McGorrigan is campaigns secretary of Leeds university UCU. She told Socialist Worker, “Preparing for the strike is going really well. Lectures are being cancelled on the strike days and we’re quite buoyant.

“It will be the first time that we have held a three-day strike at the university—and we’re doing it because we want to win.”

UCU members backed strikes by 67 percent in a ballot.

UCU members at the University of Manchester are set to strike on 23 and 24 October. Bosses there want to impose 140 job cuts.

Bosses claim they need to create “financial headroom”. Yet it recorded a £36 million surplus in 2015/16. Its financial statement for the same year showed it has £1.5 billion in reserves.

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