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UCU suspends industrial action at King's College

11 June 2010

UCU announced today that it is suspending industrial action against King's College London, after the university agreed to a four-month review of consultation processes that have seen up to 200 jobs put at risk.

At an emergency general meeting on Wednesday, UCU members at King's overwhelmingly backed recommendations from the union's negotiators to suspend further action after employers guaranteed that there would no compulsory redundancies during the review period.
The agreement also includes a new framework for consulting trade unions and a redeployment policy. Once the review is completed UCU members will vote in September on whether to end their dispute, which began in February.
UCU King's representative, Jim Wolfreys, said: 'We have achieved what we set out to do at the start of the dispute. Our thanks go to all those who have given us support over the past four months in particular during three days of strike action, and especially our students. It's clear that this is just the beginning of what is going to be a long fight in our universities to defend jobs and education.'
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'We are pleased at the progress that has been made at King's and we hope that other universities are watching this with interest. With ballots taking place at Sussex and Glasgow University we reiterate our message that we want to resolve disputes around the negotiating table, which events at Kings have shown is perfectly possible.'
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