Union hits out over Wrexham university jobs plan

Published date: 24 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PROTEST has been held over proposed job losses at Glyndwr University.

On Friday members of the unions Unison and University and College Union (UCU) lobbied the board of governors at the university about the handling of planned redundancies.

Union representatives say the current proposals for reorganisation mean 10 per cent of the staff will be made redundant. Last week the Leader reported up to 65 jobs could be axed.

The protest was organised following a vote of no confidence in the management at Glyndwr.

Unison regional organiser Geoff Edkins said: “Glyndwr has consistently said 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?”

Mr Edkins said the lobbying of the board of governors was an attempt to try to get the university to enter into meaningful consultations with the unions.

He 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.”

A spokesman for UCU said: “There was a lobby by both teaching and non-teaching staff, of a meeting of the board of governors protesting at the university’s plan to save money through 65 compulsory redundancies.

“The UCU represents the teaching staff in rejecting the plan, which would damage Wrexham students’ experience.

“UCU presented a staff petition against the plan and a letter to board members opposing the plan and reminding them of their duties as trustees.”

However a spokesman for Glyndwr defended the management’s actions, saying: “The university considers the proposals for change to be in its best long-term interests and that of its employees.

“It is committed to achieving this change through the full participation and engagement of employees. It urges the recognised unions to fulfil their obligation as employee representatives by ensuring accurate information is distributed to all the employees of the university in a timely manner through the appropriate channels.

“It is not conducive to meaningful consultation, nor is it in the best interests of those they represent, that unions engage in the publication of misleading information that harms or delays that process.

“The university has provided sufficient information to the unions to enable constructive participation in meaningful consultation.”

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