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Bosses take a hardline in lecturers' dispute

Issue No. 1994

The employers have cancelled talks with the AUT and Natfhe lecturers’ unions that were due to take place on Tuesday of this week. Lecturers across the country are currently taking part in an exam and marking boycott over pay.

The boycott follows a successful one-day strike last month.

A lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport, told Socialist Worker, “People are really angry that the employers have pulled out of talks, but it hasn’t shaken anyone.

“The boycott is really solid. We have two action committees, one on each site, that hold regular open meetings which mean people can come and ask questions and discuss the action.

“We have invited a lecturer from the University of Glamorgan to come and speak at our branch meeting. When the boycott began the vice principle was very aggressive and made all sorts of threats.

“But the union got involved and the lecturers were solid, and he has had to back off.”

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Sat 1 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1994
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