UK: Lecturers union warns of national strike

UK lecturers have warned they may strike over at least 14,000 job losses at universities across the country, write Rachel Williams and Jessica Shepherd for The Guardian. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said if discussions about redundancies broke down between academics and their employers, there could be a national strike. She did not predict when this could be.

Universities are grappling with cuts of £1.2 billion between now and 2013. Hunt told the BBC that every day, lecturers were reporting new redundancies at universities. "We are getting almost daily reports of redundancies from our officials and there's a point in time when you can't actually carry on without a backlash," she said.

There have been more than 15 strikes at individual universities since March.
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