UCU members at Salford meet today to decide what action to take over new proposals

Tim Lezard
UCU members demonstrating at Salford University

UCU members demonstrating at Salford University

UCU members in Salford are today meeting to decide whether to take further strike action over redundancies.

Last summer they took action after a bitter row after the University of Salford announced compulsory redundancies. Now the university wants to slash the amount of money they would receive  if they are made redundant, as well as cutting their pay protection – which preserves their salary for a time if their position is downgraded.

Union members say the sudden changes go against clear guidelines agreed by them and the university only two years ago. They say Salford has already announced more recent redundancies than any other university in the UK. In the past 18 months, ten collective redundancy consultations have been issued by the institution – the highest in the UK.

UCU regional official Martyn Moss, said: “The university is ripping up agreements it negotiated with us only two years ago in what looks like efforts to sack or downgrade staff on much poorer terms. Salford already has the unwanted record for the highest number of redundancy consultations in the UK and these latest changes look like another attempt to ride roughshod over proper procedure.

“At a time of deep insecurity across the higher education sector, the University of Salford should not be seeking to steam ahead in a race to the bottom when it comes to staff terms and conditions and job security.

“Despite its behaviour, we are still keen to sit down and minimise any damage to the university’s battered reputation or staff morale.”

 


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