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University bosses threaten to lock out lecturers

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Issue 2399

Management in several universities have threatened not to pay members of the UCU union if they take part in a planned marking boycott as part of their pay dispute.

“It’s outrageous. It is in effect a lockout,” UCU executive member Jane Hardy, told Socialist Worker.

“They have raised the stakes—now the dispute is also about defending the union as well as our pay and conditions. If we let them get away with it it would be the equivalent of the Grangemouth retreat in higher education. 

“The union needs to give a national response.”

A special meeting of the national executive is set to place on Wednesday of this week, where there is also the possibility of a new offer from bosses. 

Soas protest

Students and staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), central London, are set to protest next week against management over grievances including pay and terms of employment for staff. Join the protest, 25 April, 9-11am, Soas building, 22 Russell Sq WC1H 0XG

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