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Uni of Liverpool lecturers overwhelming vote for strike action

LECTURERS at the University of Liverpool have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over redundancies which they say include “world-leading academics” who have researched treatment for Covid-19.

The University and College Union (UCU) said bosses plan to axe up to 47 teaching and research jobs in the university’s faculty of health and life sciences, including staff studying treatments for Covid-19.

Eighty-four per cent of members voted for strike action.

The union has accused university bosses of using “flawed data” to assess work performance.

General secretary Jo Grady said: “It’s not too late for the university to reverse these plans for compulsory redundancies, avoiding strike action and further damage to its reputation. We urge it to change course.”

University of Liverpool UCU branch president Anthony O’Hanlon said: “There is still time for management to step away from these disastrous proposals. If it fails to do so, there will be sustained industrial action.”

The university said it did not introduce redundancies lightly and that plans were in place to minimise disruption.

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