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University lecturers vote to strike amid fears over job losses

Members of the University and College Union balloted in favour of industrial action this week.

Aberdeen: University lecturers vote to strike. University of Aberdeen

University lecturers have voted to strike for the second time in a long-running row over job losses. 

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) launched a ballot on industrial action last month after the University of Aberdeen refused to rule out compulsory redundancies as it tries to cut spending by £2m. 

The university, which already made cuts totalling £8.6m, said there are no current plans to force staff to take redundancy. 

But on Tuesday academics voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action amid ongoing concerns about job losses. 

UCU members voted to walk out over the same issue in June 2014, but industrial action was called off after the university agreed not to make any compulsory redundancies over the summer. 

Aberdeen UCU representative Andrew MacKillop said: “This is the second time Aberdeen UCU members have made their willingness to take industrial action crystal clear. 

“The level of support for taking action shows the strength of feeling amongst staff and the ball is now in the managers court. 

“All the members are asking for is substantive assurances about protecting jobs and ensuring no one starts 2016 with the threat of compulsory redundancy hanging over them.”

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