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University of Leeds staff in strike talks over job cuts

Academic staff from the University of Leeds were today meeting to decide whether to strike in their fight against job cuts.

Talks between the university and the University and College Union (UCU) broke down last week when the union demanded a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and vice-chancellor Professor Michael Arthur called that an "impossible demand".

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The union organised an emergency general meeting for today when members will vote on what form of industrial action to take.

The row revolves around cost-cutting plans.

The university has said up to 60 jobs could be lost from its biological sciences department and it is carrying out a separate review aimed at making savings of 35m from 2011, which the union fears could see up to 700 jobs being axed.

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