UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “It is rare for UCU to call for a global academic boycott, and doing so reflects the seriousness of the situation. Leicester staff have the support of the whole union in their ongoing action; we all stand alongside them in this fight against brutal job cuts. The university needs to lift its threat of compulsory redundancies if it wants to end this dispute.”
The unions said that managers deny there are any financial reasons for planned redundancies and refuse to share data on finances. But the university’s 2019/20 financial statements show the institution is having to borrow money in order to remain financially viable.
Responding to the strike action, the University of Leicester said: “It is regrettable that the UCU union has decided to proceed with strike action and has called for a global boycott.
“Our priority remains ensuring our current students can complete their assessments for this academic year, and that our finalists can graduate and take the next steps in their journey.
“We have asked UCU to meet us on several occasions, but so far they have declined. However, we will continue to try and engage with them.”
Back in January the University of
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