Staff at an Aberdeen university are set to vote on strike action in a row over job losses.
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) Scotland at the University of Aberdeen are being balloted for the potential strike.
The union said the move follows planned cuts that have resulted in 15 members of staff in the school of medicine, medical science and nutrition being told they are at risk of redundancy.
The ballot closes on Monday, November 21.
UCU added that the university is in good financial health after achieving £8.6 million of staff savings through a voluntary redundancy scheme in 2015, and has accused the university of breaking its promise to freeze recruitment to reduce the need for redundancies.
Aberdeen UCU representative Derek Dawson said: “Nobody wants to take industrial action, but UCU members at Aberdeen feel they have no choice. The university has already made considerable savings through a voluntary redundancy scheme and we are dismayed that it is handing out redundancy notices at this time. It has broken its promise to freeze recruitment in an effort to mitigate the need for job losses.
‘We believe getting rid of experienced and dedicated staff will do nothing for Aberdeen’s reputation.”
A University of Aberdeen spokeswoman 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.
“All steps are being taken to mitigate the redundancies. This process is part of a strategy to manage a financial deficit within the School and to enable the institution to concentrate on its strengths, so that it continues to attract research funding and make discoveries which improve medical care.
“The school carries out a broad range of teaching and research activities and remains fully committed to delivering an outstanding student experience. Measures have been put in place to ensure that there will be no negative impact on any of the students within the School.”