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Staff balloted for strike action at Liverpool Hope University in jobs row

21 February 2011

Staff at Liverpool Hope University are today being balloted for strike action in a row over job losses and how the institution is responding to potential cuts in funding.

UCU says the university is rushing in to decisions based on funding assumptions made without the full knowledge of future circumstances.
Over 100 jobs are now at risk and local MP Luciana Berger is coming to Liverpool Hope to speak to UCU members about the plans on Wednesday. UCU says the university should follow the lead of the vast majority of institutions in the country, and take a less panicked approach to future challenges.
The union says axing jobs before the university knows what its teaching grant will be, what the outcome of the government's proposals on the future of teaching training will be, or what level of income it will receive from tuition fees makes no sense and risks serious long-term damage to Liverpool Hope.
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: 'The university does not have the full facts and is simply not making decisions based on evidence. There is no need to rush through sweeping and potentially damaging changes so prematurely.
'UCU members have asked to be balloted now because they are prepared to use every tool they possess to halt the university's destructive and ill-thought through plans. However, strike action always remain a last resort.'
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