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News - 27 January 2020 (LeftFootForward)

University of Liverpool staff consider strike over lower redundancy pay

Staff made redundant in 2018 from Liverpool offered £15,000 more on average, says union.

University and College Union (UCU) staff at the University of Liverpool in central London has begun balloting members today, 27 January, on strike action in a row over redundancy pay-outs.

The campus is set to close its doors this year — and staff are taking part in a ballot on the proposed action in protest against what the union says is the university’s refusal to match a redundancy offer made to Liverpool university staff in 2018. The ballot closes on 14 February. Martyn Moss, regional official at UCU, said: ‘Staff should not have to suffer the double injustice of losing their jobs and being ripped off over their redundancy package. This penny-pinching deal is staggering when set against the inflation-busting package it gave the vice-chancellor last year.”

The union said the 2018 redundancy offer was for a year’s salary — but they’re now being offered around 20 fewer weeks, or about £15,000 less on average. Yet University of Liverpool vice-chancellor Janet Beer was paid £410,000 last year including a £57,300 bonus...


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