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Strike action cancelled after UCLan ‘suspends its formal redundancy selection process’

Posted on - 23rd March, 2021 - 10:14am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, UCLan
The UCLan campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Planned industrial action by staff at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been suspended after planned job cuts have been put on hold.

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In a joint statement, UCLan and the University and College Union (UCU) said this Thursday’s strike had been called off.

The statement said only four posts remained at risk, and both sides were committed to reducing that number.

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It added both UCLan and UCU were committed to ‘constructive dialogue.’

Six posts at the Preston-based university’s Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries had been at risk after more than 250 workers took voluntary redundancy.

The statement said that ‘given the progress’ made in minimising the need for compulsory redundancies, both sides had ‘agreed that the priority is to give ourselves the time to pursue the work on finding individual solutions for those people concerned.’

As a result, UCU have suspended the planned industrial action, and the ‘university has agreed to suspend its formal redundancy selection process.’

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