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May, 2017:

Sally Hunt – no economic rational for job cuts

Sally Hunt accuses The University of Manchester of using recent government policy changes and Brexit as an excuse for short terms cuts that will cause long term damage – Full Press Release

Shock compulsory redundancy announcement, joint Trade Union meeting for staff affected, UCU Emergency General Meeting


We are deeply shocked by, and utterly condemn, today’s announcement that over 900 staff, mostly academics, are at risk of losing their jobs through compulsory redundancy as the University wants to reduce staff numbers in order to create some financial “headroom”. The total job cut will be around 171 (140 academic and 31 PSS). Academic staff across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in Humanities, and Professional Support Staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Directorate of Finance are under immediate threat. Academic staff in FSE should note that this Faculty is under review, so they may well be next in line.


In view of the urgent situation, the following two meetings have been arranged:


  • Meeting for all UCU, UNISON and UNITE trade union members affected by the S188 announcement: 12:00-2:00pm, Friday 12 May, in lecture theatre D, Simon Building
  • UMUCU Emergency General Meeting: 12:00-1:00pm, Thursday 18th May, in St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who are not trade union members and encourage them to join one, especially if they are “in scope” for redundancy.