Leeds University staff to stage 72-hour strike

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Academic staff at Leeds University are to stage a 72-hour strike this month after voting for action in a row over dismissal policy.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the University of Leeds will walk out from October 11, claiming changes to its employment statute will lead to a new "catch-all" power to sack staff.

UCU Leeds branch president Vicky Blake said:

"The University of Leeds is insisting on an open-ended catch-all power to dismiss staff on the grounds of 'some other substantial reason', posing a serious threat to our members' job security.

Vicky Blake, UCU Leeds branch president

A Leeds University spokesman said:

"The university is not introducing any new grounds for dismissal, it is simply modernising the procedures it would follow, in the interests of openness and transparency.

Leeds University