UCU members at the University of Leicester have today (9 June) begun three consecutive days of strikes.
The strike action is part of the University and College Union (UCU)’s fight against 26 compulsory redundancies.
This week’s strikes were voted for by around 70% (69.7%) of the staff who took part in an industrial ballot. They coincide with the university’s end-of-year examination and assessment period.
“Staff are taking three days of strike action because University of Leicester vice-chancellor Nishan Canagarajah is insisting on needlessly sacking 26 of their colleagues and harming student provision,” said UCU general secretary Jo Grady.
There is still the opportunity for strike action to be called off. But as it stands staff have been left with no choice – Jo Grady, UCU
“It is shocking that instead of choosing to protect important areas of research, and jobs that are crucial to student learning, Professor Canagarajah would rather trash the reputation of the university and face strike action, a marking and assessment boycott, and the continuation of a global academic boycott.
“There is still the opportunity for strike action to be called off. But as it stands staff have been left with no choice. The vice-chancellor is killing staff morale and chasing world leading researchers out the door. He is completely detached from reality. Unless Professor Canagarajah immediately withdraws the threat to jobs and comes to the negotiating table, the university senate and council need to assert their control so we can resolve the dispute in the interest of current and prospective students, as well as staff.”
The University of Leicester has also been forced to cancel, postpone or give up hosting events, including international conferences, lectures, seminars and one-off research events, as a result of an ‘international boycott’ called by the union on 4 May.
You might also like: USS battle: employers and pension chiefs ‘colluding to slash pensions’, says UCU