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Strike ballot over University of Aberdeen medical school jobs threat

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A strike ballot is to be held at the University of Aberdeen over threatened job losses.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) Scotland are being balloted over planned redundancies at the university's medical school.

Aberdeen UCU representative Derek Dawson said: "Nobody wants to take industrial action, but UCU members at Aberdeen feel they have no choice."

The university expressed disappointment at the move.

'Fewer than eight'

A spokesperson said: "The University of Aberdeen continues to have constructive dialogue with representatives of all of our recognised trade unions and we are disappointed to see UCU balloting its members on industrial action.

"Following the closure of a voluntary severance and early retirement scheme within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, a small number of staff within the school have been placed at risk of redundancy.

"The School employs nearly 900 staff and at this stage we anticipate fewer than eight posts will be lost."

UCU Scotland said the ballot would close on Monday 21 November.

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