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Strike negotiations may aid university dispute

Strike negotiations might be needed by Dundee University following an announcement that staff could resort to industrial action to prevent compulsory redundancies.

18 January 2011

Dundee University might need to engage in strike negotiations following a ballot by members of the University and College Union (UCU) in which 65 per cent voted in favour of industrial action.

Staff are hoping to ensure that there are no compulsory redundancies at the learning establishment after the university admitted that this option had not been ruled out.

Mary Senior, UCU Scottish official, commented: "UCU members at the University of Dundee have sent a clear message that they will not countenance compulsory redundancies."

The move comes after the university's governing body announced that 195 jobs could be axed in a bid to save £8 million a year.

Support services at the learning establishment are set to see 85 posts lost, while the School of Medicine could see 20 people lose their jobs.

Later this week, workers at seven Jobcentre Plus sites are set to strike for 48 hours in protest against "intolerable" conditions, inflexible working conditions and excessive monitoring. 

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