UCU members on strike at Queen Margaret University over job losses
UCU members at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University are today on strike over job losses.
The union is angry at the loss of around 35 jobs – a 7% loss of the university’s total workforce – because, it says, they cuts are unnecessary and will increase the workloads of remaining staff who will need to do more with less resources. In the recent strike ballot, two-thirds of UCU members (64%) who voted back strike action on a turnout of 72%.
QMU UCU spokesperson Oonagh O’Brien said: “Nobody wants to take strike action, but the way the decisions to make cuts were made has angered staff and risks damaging the university’s reputation and the student experience.
“The level of support for strike action shows the strength of feeling about the cuts. The university needs to recognise how unhappy staff are and work with UCU to sort out a mess they’ve created.”
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