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Union may ballot for strike action at Salford University

Strike action could take place at the University of Salford if a round of proposed redundancies goes ahead.

11 April 2011

Union representatives are gearing up for strike negotiations if the University of Salford lays off members of staff.

The University and College Union (UCU) is planning to stage a vote for its members on whether they are willing to take industrial action if more than 200 people are made redundant.

According to the group, the University of Salford is looking to make savings of about £7 million, the Salford Star reports.

However, the UCU is aggrieved partly because the cost-cutting exercise comes at a time when it is putting considerable funds into its campus at the flagship MediaCityUK.

"From our perspective, the employer, as is their legal duty, must do all that they can to mitigate against redundancy and avoid job loss," the union commented.

The BBC is among the major media outlets preparing to base itself at MediaCityUK, with programmes such as Breakfast among those to be made at the new facility.

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