Angela Rayner’s message of support: ‘I would like to express my solidarity and support to members of UCU at the University of Manchester, who are to go on strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week. This is a concerning case, given the fact that UCU members feel as if management have not been clear, or provided any convincing rationale for job losses.
‘The university has also claimed that it needs to create ‘financial headroom’ in light of an uncertain climate for universities. This is not a convincing argument when it recorded a £36m surplus last year, and is also sitting on £1.5bn of reserves.
‘I hope that management will get their house in order and give the UCU workers the respect they deserve.’