Lunchtime demonstration against compulsory redundancies – Thursday 24th September

Following a meeting yesterday (Monday 21st September) at which management failed to offer any concessions regarding changes to Redeployment Policy, the University branch of UCU, along with the Unison and Unite branches, has registered a “failure to agree” under our recognition and procedural agreement.

To support and hear more about this important development, please come to a lunchtime demonstration this Thursday, 24th September at 12.30-1.15pm between the main entrance to the Samuel Alexander Building and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.

If we allow the Senior Leadership Team to impose the fundamental changes it wants to the way the University operates, everybody involved in any restructuring of University departments will be faced with the threat of compulsory redundancy – as is already happening to staff on the Redeployment Register and in IT Services and will be happening soon to staff in FLS, EPS and MHS, where a 25% reduction in PSS staff is anticipated. Therefore, please come on Thursday, show your support for colleagues already facing the threat of compulsory redundancy; show management that they cannot disregard accepted policies, practices and agreements.

We would welcome the involvement of ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to help resolve this dispute, However, given the Senior Leadership Team’s intransigence thus far, we also need to prepare the ground for possible industrial action, which is becoming increasingly difficult under this Tory government’s anti-trade union legislation. Therefore, as well as coming on Thursday, please take part in our survey via the following link if you have not already done so:

For further information please see the following link for our FAQs:

We have also produced information for GTAs and Postgraduate Students, which can be found at the following link:

The demonstration on Thursday will also be supported by the students’ union.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


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