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Staff balloted for strike action at Liverpool Hope University in jobs row

Local MP says cuts to city’s universities will affect everyone

Staff at Liverpool Hope University are today being balloted for strike action in a row over job losses and how the institution is responding to potential cuts in funding. UCU says the university is rushing in to decisions based on funding assumptions made without the full knowledge of future circumstances.
 
Over 100 jobs are now at risk and local MP Luciana Berger is coming to Liverpool Hope to speak to UCU members about the plans on Wednesday. UCU says the university should follow the lead of the vast majority of institutions in the country, and take a less panicked approach to future challenges.
 
The union says axing jobs before the university knows what its teaching grant will be, what the outcome of the government’s proposals on the future of teaching training will be, or what level of income it will receive from tuition fees makes no sense and risks serious long-term damage to Liverpool Hope.
 
MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, said: ‘This situation has been created by the Tory-led Government and is, as we saw from the march in Liverpool yesterday, going to affect everyone.  Our higher education sector here in Liverpool is one of the worst-hit and Liverpool Hope University, a vital resource for our city, is having to make life-saving choices.
 
‘I call on the university to be sensitive to the needs of their staff, and support UCU in representing their members who are rightly worried about their jobs. Ultimately we must remember that it is the Government’s actions which will handicap our young people and their futures.’
 
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: ‘The university does not have the full facts and is simply not making decisions based on evidence. There is no need to rush through sweeping and potentially damaging changes so prematurely.
 
‘UCU members have asked to be balloted now because they are prepared to use every tool they possess to halt the university’s destructive and ill-thought through plans. However, strike action always remain a last resort.’

2 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    What are the arrangements for the MP coming up? Venue, timings etc?

  2. Congratulations on your new blog. Commiserations on the cuts the university plans. Good luck with your campaign against them.

    We are facing similar problems here at Newcastle College where the management are not happy that we have criticised them for moving prematurely to axe jobs before they know the true extend of the cuts and without considering any alternatives. I suppose to come up with alternatives would require imagination, regard for staff and some management ability. Of course in our case we wouldn’t need any of that as we have enough money to build a new Sixth Form College (announced a few short days after the S188).

    David O’Toole Branch Secretary, UCU Newcastle College

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