University lecturers could stage national strike over redundancies

University lecturers could opt for a national strike if they fail to reach an agreement over redundancies.

Sally Hunt, head of the University and College Union, told the BBC universities could not continue announcing redundancies at the current rate without prompting a backlash by staff. According to the union, there have been 15 strikes by lecturers since March this year, with redundancies announced almost daily.

Speaking before her union’s annual congress, Hunt said: “We are in talks with higher education employers and have been for the last two years requesting and negotiating for a job security agreement. We have got to have some parameters between the universities and the unions negotiating these cuts.”

She said if talks failed, the union would consider seeking a ballot on strike action.

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