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University staff strike in job cut row

PUBLISHED: 10:56 04 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 June 2015

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

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Staff at London Metropolitan University are taking part in a one-day strike today (June 4) in a row over job cuts.

University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON will walk out as part of a dispute over plans for 165 jobs to be axed across the university.

It will be the second time that UCU members have walked out in protest at the cuts, following a one-day strike in May.

Staff have been striking outside all the main entrances to the university from 8:30am and there will be a rally with a samba band.

UCU regional official, Barry Jones, said: “It is disappointing that the university is still refusing to budge over these proposed cuts. Instead of cutting back on jobs the university should be building on its reputation for expanding access to education.

“Strike action is always a last resort, but in order to avoid further disruption, the university needs to urgently reassess its plans and sit down again with the unions to negotiate a better way forward.”

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