Sunday, 4 July 2010

Positive Fightbacks at Universities

From time to time I have reported in History & Social Action News on problems facing Universities. In the last issue (No. 26 – I reported the latest developments with the Department of Philosophy at Middlesex University.) A reader draws my attention to a victory in Scotland. The 'interesting thing here is that it shows the effectiveness of classic, four-square orthodox trade union activity: the trade unions at Glasgow drew a clear line in the sand saying the job cuts were unacceptable, effectively organised a ballot for industrial action, but also kept negotiations in place to allow a negotiated outcome avoiding compulsory redundancies.' Similar tactics have proved worthwhile elsewhere eg UCL,'Examples to bear in mind as the Coalition cuts start to bite over the next few months!'

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