M2020: latest update
(6 October 2017)
Following the closure of the University’s Voluntary Severance Scheme for Professional Support Staff (PSS) in areas affected by staffing changes, the required number of applications in the Faculty Office of the Faculty of Science and Engineering was not received. It has now been agreed by the Board of Governors that a compulsory redundancy process should be used, resulting in the loss of two PSS grade 7 roles in FSE. Those staff who are selected for redundancy will leave the University on 23 June 2018, unless a redeployment opportunity is secured. A number of new FAQs have been prepared for staff and will soon be added to the M2020 StaffNet page.
Outcome of the University and College Union vote regarding industrial action
The University has expressed its disappointment that members of the UCU have voted that they are prepared to take industrial action consisting of a strike and/or industrial action short of a strike. The proposed staffing changes which were the subject of the ballot have been considered carefully through an extensive consultation process with all three of the recognised Trade Unions, including the UCU. This includes 16 collective consultation meetings, which have taken place since May, that have resulted in a number of amendments to the proposals as a consequence of consultation.
The union has referred to strike action taking place on Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October.
This has been and remains an anxious and unsettling time for staff and the University is committed to mitigating the need for redundancy, and in line with the Security of Employment Policy has taken a number of steps including sourcing redeployment opportunities for ‘at risk’ staff, tight vacancy management control and offering a generous Voluntary Severance Scheme.
Whilst it is hoped that staff will decide to continue to work normally, every effort will be made to ensure that there will be no significant disruption to operations at the University and particularly to our students should there be any industrial action. The University also remains committed to continue its dialogue with the Trade Unions and staff on these plans as they are implemented.