King's College London academics back industrial action

King's College London
Image caption The dispute centres on plans by the university to cut academic staff costs

Academics at a London university have voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over job losses.

The University and College Union (UCU) said its members at King's College London had supported action in a ballot.

About 80% of people who voted were in favour of strikes, while 89% supported action short of a walkout, UCU said.

King's College London said the issues raised were "being addressed in the collective consultation process".

'Last resort'

The row centres on plans by the university to cut academic staff costs at its School of Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences and Institute of Psychiatry, the union said.

It also claims that academic redundancies have been made at the university's Department of Education and Department of Professional Studies.

UCU regional official Barry Jones said: "While strike action is always a last resort, King's College's cynical attempts to finalise these redundancies during the summer break left members with no option but to ballot for action now."

He added that the local branch of the union would meet next week to discuss their options.

In a statement, the college said: "Many of the issues raised by the UCU are being addressed in the collective consultation process, which is ongoing, and the college is committed to continuing to engage in constructive discussions."

The university added that it had not been notified of any planned industrial action by the union.

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