Strikes to begin at University of Liverpool tomorrow

UCU members to strike for 10 days over threat of compulsory redundancies in the faculty of health and life sciences

A 10-day strike begins tomorrow (4 August) at the University of Liverpool – and is expected to disrupt the provider’s confirmation and clearing processes.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will go on strike from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 August and from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 August in protest against the university’s plans to make two teaching and research staff in the faculty of health and life sciences redundant. The university had originally planned to cut 47 teaching and research jobs.

The strike is the second the University of Liverpool has endured this year – UCU members also striked for three weeks in May and June during the students’ assessment period. This was followed by an ongoing marking and assessment boycott and a call by UCU for a global academic boycott.

Tomorrow’s industrial action comes less than a week before A-level results day on Tuesday 10 August, ensuring disruption to the university’s confirmation and clearing processes.

Staff have taken sustained industrial action since May in defence of jobs. Management are now facing the prospect of widespread disruption during one of the most crucial periods of the academic year – confirmation and clearing – Anthony O’Hanlon, UCU

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Managers at the University of Liverpool have it in their gift to resolve this dispute and avoid further industrial action by removing the threat of redundancy to the final two health and life sciences academics.

“Students and staff alike have rallied around the campaign to protect these jobs and good progress has been made in negotiations, moving compulsory redundancies from 47 down to two. We are so close to putting this dispute behind us, but management need to do what is right and protect these final two jobs, resolve the dispute and avoid any further disruption.”

University of Liverpool UCU branch president and academic-related staff member Anthony O’Hanlon said: “Staff have taken sustained industrial action since May in defence of jobs. Management are now facing the prospect of widespread disruption during one of the most crucial periods of the academic year – confirmation and clearing. We have made it abundantly clear we are prepared to take sustained industrial action whenever we are faced with the threat of compulsory redundancies.

“The ball is firmly in the employer’s court and it can very easily avert any further disruption and reputational damage by simply withdrawing the threat of two remaining compulsory redundancies.”


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