University raises stakes over compulsory redundancies

We have been communicating with you over the University’s unprecedented move to announce the compulsory redundancies of 37 of our core funded colleagues and the proposed changes to the the Redeployment Policy, which will leave ALL of us at risk redundancy.

We held a packed Emergency General Meeting on Tuesday 28th July, at which your officers provided you with an update and outlined our growing concerns that the Senior Leadership Team were adopting a much more hard line approach.  This not only constitutes an attack on collegiately and good faith, but is in breach of our Recognition and Procedure agreements and amounts to the de facto de-recognition of the campus Trade Unions.

We are saddened to have to report that further redundancies have been announced in IT Services and that the way in which these announcements have been made only underlines our concerns.

The campus trade unions have been involved in the ongoing IT Transformation consultation and received reassurances throughout, that there would be NO discussions around an ERVS scheme, because staff would be mapped across to new roles. An “informal” meeting as part of that ongoing process had been diarised to take place at 11am yesterday [29 July]. At 10.22am, with only 38 minutes’ notice, the campus Trade Unions and regional offices received s.188 notices from Karen Heaton, placing 219 IT staff at risk (with 68 redundancies ultimately being sought), and were informed that the scheduled informal meeting would now in fact mark the start of formal collective consultations on this new tranche of redundancies. We were also informed that the announcement would be made to IT staff at a meeting later the same day at 3pm.

We are dismayed by this rapid development and have protested in the strongest possible terms to Karen Heaton. The joint campus trade unions – having refused in principle to attend or be ‘bounced’ into yesterday’s 11am meeting – also met this morning to consider their immediate and longer term response to this latest provocation from management.

We will be holding a meeting for ALL STAFF in IT Services  on Tuesday 4th August 12.30-1.30pm, 1.1 Kilburn Building.

UMUCU Executive Committee, Unison and Unite’


Emergency General Meeting on Compulsory Redundancies – Tuesday 28th July

Dear Colleague

As you know, the University has taken the extraordinary move of announcing the compulsory redundancies of 37 core funded members of staff. At the same time they are proposing detrimental changes to the Redeployment Policy, which make all staff at risk of compulsory redundancy. It is our view that the University is using reorganisation and restructuring to undermine job security and that under the proposed Redeployment Policy, all staff will be under threat of compulsory redundancy after three months’ notice.

The recent announcement concerning the Faculty of Life Sciences will have far-reaching implications across the University. In the face of such widespread reorganisation we want to ensure that our jobs are secure and the Redeployment Policy is fair and transparent.

We, along with our colleagues in UNISON and Unite entered into negotiations in good faith, but we believe there has been a major shift in the direction of the Senior Leadership Team and we no longer share their vision and are sceptical of their motivations. Indeed, their actions are clearly in breach of our Recognition and Procedure agreements and amount to the de facto de-recognition of the campus Trade Unions.

We were given a clear mandate at the Annual General Meeting on 3rdJune, with the passing of the following motion and in view of recent developments we will be holding an Emergency General Meeting on Tuesday 28th July, 12.30-1.30pm, in Theatre 2, Crawford House.

Motions to the AGM – 3rd June 2015

We would urge you to make every effort to attend.

UMUCU Executive Committee

Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary’s visit – 8th July

We are currently in important negotiations with management over the proposed changes to the redeployment policy, which would make it easier to make compulsory redundancies. Also, of great concern, management have send letters to 37 core-funded staff currently on the redeployment informing them that they are now at risk of compulsory redundancy.

Sally Hunt UCU General Secretary will be visiting the branch on Wednesday 8th July and will be meeting with the Executive Committee and Local Contacts and members.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th July, 1.15-2.15pm in room A113, Samuel Alexander Building.  

Light refreshments will be available in the Classics foyer from 12.45pm.   If you would like to attend, in order to assist with catering arrangements, can you please contact Fiona in the branch office ( or 0161 275 3080), to confirm your attendance.