University of Liverpool staff told to accept new terms, or face dismissal

The University of Liverpool was today accused of putting “a gun to the head” of almost 3,000 staff who face dismissal unless they accept revised terms and conditions.

Furious union officials warned strike action could follow the move.

The university insist its move to “standardise terms and conditions” would bring “equity across the institution”.

In the firing line are 2,803 workers, whose jobs include librarians, computer technicians, clerical posts and groundsmen.

The proposed changes have been subject to long-running talks between the university and union chiefs whose fear the non-teaching staff’s revised terms would force them to work over 35 hours a week, at weekends and evenings and Bank Holidays without lieu days or overtime.

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