Glyndwr University staff protest over job cuts

UNISON and UCU are lobbying the board of governors at Glyndwr University today to protest over the University’s handling of the current redundancy situation.

The protest has been organised following a vote of no confidence in the management at the university.

The current plans will mean that 10% of the staff will be made redundant. UNISON and UCU, the trade unions representing staff at Glyndwr, were formally notified of the redundancies on 12 February this year.

Further requests from the unions for information about which posts were at risk of redundancy were not met until 17 March. The university also promised to provide information requested by the unions as a starting point for consultations by 5 March.

This date was then changed by the University to 19 March. The unions received some of the information on 20 March. 

UNISON regional organiser Geoff Edkins said: “The university has consistently said that they are committed to meaningful consultations and yet, time and again, the university refuses or is unable to give the unions the basic information needed to begin the consultation process.

“What they have belatedly given us is too little, too late, and our members are left feeling very vulnerable and anxious. Is it any wonder they have no confidence in the university or the consultation process?”

The lobby of the board of governors is an attempt to try to get the university to enter into meaningful consultations with the unions.

Mr Edkins added: “We are simply asking for the university to treat its staff with respect and to fulfil its obligations to consult in a proper way. Is that too much to ask?”

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