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Hundreds of job losses at Leeds officially confirmed

February 18, 2010

The UCU are very interested to read that the University has finally revealed their figure of estimated job losses in a letter of complaint to the BBC, in which they tell the media that “our current estimate is around 400”.

Given that the university have never before challenged the UCU calculation of up to 700 job losses resulting from the £35M cuts, it is disappointing, if not surprising, that the university chose to reveal a new figure – some 300 less than the UCU calculation – in a statement to the press rather than in our ongoing talks, or directly to valued staff and students.

We of course welcome any reduction in numbers of those currently at risk, living in fear of losing the livelihoods in the depths of a recession, and we call on the university to share with us the empirical evidence that supports this new figure.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Cook permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:27 AM

    Incredible. How valued do I feel, now I learn that they only finally admit to 100s of redundancies, but in a letter to the BBC? These people are so far from the moral high ground they wouldn’t even see it with a pair of binoculars. They probably lost the map months ago. Perhaps they could start by getting rid of some people in the propaganda wing (webcomms). It seems only UCU are prepared to be open honest and transparent.

  2. Jarvis permalink
    February 18, 2010 10:06 AM

    Bear in mind that these figures don’t include the 77 posts that they plan to lose from FBS and the 24 that were lost from FBS in 2008 and the losses from Healthcare last summer. Also it isn’t clear what will happen to the other Departments and Schools that are currently under review. When (if) their proposed blood-letting is finally over we may find the final figures for job losses closer to the UCU estimate – although we are never likely to be told what that figure is.

  3. February 18, 2010 10:15 AM

    We’ll keep the tally, Jarvis. But of course we hope to have successful intervention into what you refer to as the ‘blood letting’.

  4. outofit permalink
    February 19, 2010 10:50 AM

    Have they invited the VC?

    From: Jamie Dow
    Subject: [Artynet] “Economics, Job Quality, Happiness and Well-being at Work”- Dr David Spencer – MONDAY 1pm Applied Ethics Research Seminar
    Date: 19 February 2010 10:19:58 GMT
    To: Jamie Dow

    ===============================================================
    * Monday 22 February 2010 *
    Dr David Spencer (LUBS)
    “Economics, Job Quality, Happiness and Well-being at Work”

    Respondent: Sam Wren-Lewis (IDEA CETL)
    ===============================================================

    Details of the programme for the rest of 2009-10 are given below.

    Best wishes,
    Jamie Dow

  5. Jamie Dow permalink
    February 19, 2010 12:08 PM

    Surely he’ll come if he’s interested? … 😉

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