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UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD NOW AIMS TO SLASH STAFF REDUNDANCY TERMS
 

Star date: 18th March 2013

FOLLOWING EXPENSIVE COURT CASES AND MEDIA CITY RENT, SALFORD UNIVERSITY PICKS ON STAFF AGAIN TO CUT FINANCES

After slashing around 400 jobs in the last four years, the University of Salford has announced it's cutting terms for redundancy in a bid to save money. This comes after the ridiculously expensive, and ultimately futile, court hounding of former lecturer Gary Duke, and annual payments in excess of £2million for its MediaCityUK campus.

Public sector trade union UNISON calls the decision to raid redundancy terms "a low in industrial relations"…

Full details here…


Salford University unions UNISON and UCU protest
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Former University of Salford lecturer, Gary Duke, has been hounded in the courts for criticism of the University management, which all began at the height of the campaign against cuts a few years ago.

Since then, around 400 jobs have been lost at the University, student numbers have fallen (probably because of a lack of teaching staff and courses), and the latest lost legal case against Gary Duke, has cost, he reckons, in excess of £100,000 (see here for full details).

Meanwhile, the rent on Salford University's new campus at MediaCityUK is draining over £2million a year from budgets (see here), with many staff blaming this for the cuts during last year's one day strike against compulsory redundancies (see here).

Now, in a further bid to slash finances at the troubled University, management is proposing to change the terms and conditions of staff who may suffer by losing their jobs in the next round of staff cuts.

Salford University already holds the record for the highest number of redundancy consultations of any UK university. Now the changes to those redundancy terms include imposing new reduced minimum standards for the length of the consultation period from 90 days to 45 days when more than 100 staff are affected, and the exclusion of staff on fixed term contracts from severance arrangements. A move labelled by UNISON as "a low in industrial relations"…

"These are unnecessary changes in the legal framework for collective redundancy consultation" says UNISON's Regional Lead for Higher Education, Theresa Griffin

"UNISON totally shares the disappointment and concern of the lecturers union UCU, regarding the delivery and content of these announcements; they represent a low in local industrial relations" she adds "It is very disappointing to be presented with announcements without any advance warning or proper consultation with the recognised unions."

UNISON's University of Salford Branch Secretary, Michele Barnes adds…"Staff morale is at an all time low after years of successive redundancies in different parts of the university. This most recent change will be the last straw for many of our members and was apparent with over two hundred staff turning out at our members meeting with UCU."

Expect more days of action to follow last year's strike…

Michael Felse wrote
at 08:19:45 on 12 May 2013
I urge my trade union "Unison" to call for a quick Donnygate inquiry over cutting of workers rights to redundancy. This move has sever implications for all people in work. As for the quality of teaching that @JamesC highlights, the University must be expertise centered if it is not to see all future learners walk with their £9k a year loans to a better skill staffed University campus. I fear "Degrees" taken at Salford University run the risk of being devalued in terms of local people winning new jobs at MediaCity, etc.
 
James Carter wrote
at 22:50:36 on 10 May 2013
As an ex-student of Salford University I think it's a disgrace the way students and staff are being treated. Get rid of Hall, Graves and the rest of the so called management committee. I am just thankful that I got my degree back in the 90's when there were excellent teaching staff and these staff did not rely on Postgraduate students doing the lecturing. This is certainly unprofessional in my eyes how can Postgrads teach when they are still learning there own field of expertise?
 
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