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Strike ballot over Glasgow University job cuts

University of Glasgow
The university said it could not rule out compulsory redundancies

Lecturers at the University of Glasgow are considering industrial action over proposed job cuts.

The University and College Union is to ballot members on strike action unless the institution withdraws plans which could result in the loss of 85 posts.

The university has said in the past it needs to downsize "non-core business" in order to save cash.

A spokeswoman said the university hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies and strike action would only harm students.

Last month, the University and College Union (UCU) held a protest outside Glasgow University over proposals to cut back posts.

It has now decided to ask members if they are prepared to take strike action.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow University said: "We are disappointed that UCU has chosen to ballot its members on strike action as industrial action will only harm students.

"We continue to consult with staff and their unions. The University of Glasgow will do all in its power to minimise the effects of any action on students and the university as a whole."

The spokeswoman said the university hoped that job losses would be voluntary but could not rule out the prospect of compulsory redundancies.

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