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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 August 2015

Uni unions ready Manchester jobs fight

UCU members at the University of Manchester

Trade unions UCU, Unison and Unite at the University of Manchester are preparing to fight to save hundreds of jobs. Over 300 staff attended a joint union meeting to discuss management threats.

The university is one of the city's biggest employers. It has traditionally had relatively progressive policies on avoiding compulsory redundancies through redeployment and other measures.

These are now being torn up without consultation. It is a de facto derecognition of the campus unions, cynically using the summer break to start the process.

The initial priority is to defend 37 members of staff being taken off the redeployment register and threatened with redundancy, as well as 219 IT staff at risk due to proposed outsourcing. Other major reorganisations are on the horizon. The pattern is clear: loss of jobs, privatisation and more work for those who remain.

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In the current consultative survey, and when a formal ballot is called, members should vote yes to action short of strike and yes to strike action. Only a programme of escalating industrial action can defeat these attacks.

It will also be important to link up with the student union, and provide a wider challenge to the Tory austerity policies that are driving cuts and marketisation in the sector.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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