UCU to ballot on strike action at Nottingham Trent University

The University and College Union branch at Nottingham Trent University is to ballot its members on strike action following the formal de-recognition of the local UCU branch by university managers.

Submitted by Choccy on September 10, 2008

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) managers have formally de-recognised the University and College Union's branch after ongoing attempts by the university to amend the union's recognition agreement with the university.

UCU claim the proposed amendments would cut union-rep facility time by 80% and marginalise campus unions "in favour of a 'consultation and information forum' that would include non-union representation".

The de-recognition of NTU's local UCU branch is just one of a number of ongoing attacks on workers in higher education, including attempts to bring in compulsory redundancies at some universities.

The local UCU branch at NTU has recently held a consultative ballot on the issue:
91% in favour of greylisting Nottingham Trent
84% in favour of balloting for strike action

The strike action ballot opened on the 8th September and will close 29th September.