Liverpool UCU has announced: “The Liverpool branch of the UCU (University and College Union) representing higher education staff at the University of Liverpool (UoL) last week called off their months-long industrial action, having saved dozens of jobs from compulsory redundancy.
“In January, university management announced that 47 staff would be made redundant as part of reorganisation plans in the health and life sciences faculty (through the so-called ‘Project SHAPE’). However, the local UCU branch’s sustained action stopped all compulsory redundancies and won major increases in severance packages for those who have opted for voluntary redundancy.
“By combining marking and assessment boycotts, sustained strike action, and an external ‘global boycott’, although it did not succeed in stopping all job losses, it outright saved the jobs of 26 staff, and won much-enhanced voluntary severance packages for 21 others. This was the longest strike in the history of the branch, and shows how higher education workers can fight back against management attacks on jobs; there is much that can be learned from the Liverpool dispute across the sector.”