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Union grey-lists college over redundancies

THE ASSOCIATION of University Teachers has voted to censure London's Queen Mary and Westfield College after the college refused to make concessions over the redundancies from the civil engineering department.

A general meeting of the AUT last week voted unanimously to 'grey-list' QMW, marking the Institution as one causing grave concern about its practices and procedures.

The vote came in the face of impending closure of QMW's civil engineering department which forced the college to make five lecturers redundant. But the union said QMW's refusal to make lay-offs voluntary not compulsary was unfair and unnecessary.

Union action went ahead despite recent emergency talks which agreed a stay of execution for threatened staff.

They include the head of civil engineering, professor Jim White, and two senior lecturers. They now have until 26 April to come forward for voluntary redundancy or face compulsory redundancy.

But the president of QMW's AUT local association Derek Jones said: 'The case for the redundancies is not proven. Since civil, aeronautical and mechanical engineering were modularised three years

ago, there is commonalty of teaching.

He added: 'Of 61 courses in the department, only one ceases to be taught this year. There is still a big need for maths and geotechnics and management is going to have buy civil engineering staff back in.'

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