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SOAS UNISON Members to Strike over Redundancies: 22 & 23 September

8 September 2020

UNISON members at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London will be striking on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September to defend jobs and stop up to 88 potential compulsory redundancies among Professional Services staff at the university resulting from the Transformation and Change restructuring.

The SOAS UNISON branch has a long standing policy opposing any compulsory redundancies at our university. In response to the School’s proposed cuts and its failure to rule out compulsory redundancies among staff, UNISON members’ voted resoundingly in favour of strike action during the recent industrial action ballot, with 74.84% Voting YES to Strike Action on a massive 71.89% turnout.

SOAS UNISON members will be taking two days of strike action on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September. If SOAS management fails to give UNISON a commitment that no compulsory redundancies will go ahead, union members will be taking further and escalating industrial action in the coming weeks and months.

In addition, from 24 September UNISON members will also be undertaking continuous action short of a strike, including the withdrawal of goodwill and “working to rule”.

Further information regarding the strike days and the branch’s action short of strike will be circulated to members soon.