Over 1000 jobs threatened at Leeds: the evidence
Interestingly, even though he is addressing staff directly, and uses more than fifteen times as many words in the 11 February all-staff letter than in the public letter of 7 February, he does not repeat the accusation that UCU lied about how the “university seeks to impose a method for attaching a numerical score to all members of academic staff'”. Perhaps he refrains from doing so because he subsequently discovered we had the proof that this has happened, and knew he could no longer stand by that accusation in an all-staff mailing.
Today, we are now posting the evidence of those thousand jobs, by posting our summary of information contained on HR1 forms received by the UCU – these accompany the formal Section 188 notifications of redundancies. Click on the image below to enlarge it. You will see the dates at which your union received the notices, the dates of proposed dismissal, the categories of staff each notice covered, and the numbers of staff in those categories for whom redundancy became a real possibility. We have never said that all these jobs will go, but it is demonstrably true that over a thousand jobs are put at threat by these section 188 notices. Remember, in law, a Section 188 notice (Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act, 1992) needs only be sent to trade unions if – AND ONY IF – there is a threat of staff being made redundant. See here to read the letter of the law. There is nothing in that law that says management might go to the trouble of abiding by it ‘just in case’ they might, one day, possibly, want to make a few people redundant.
When you look at these statistics, remember that your VC wants you to believe that claiming these facts exist is “reckless and untrue”. Why? Ask yourself, as you look at the data actually supplied by the offices that neighbour the VC’s – why would he wish to misrepresent this material? Or does he not know about it? Which is worse? Why would he want to make you believe the UCU is being unreasonable in exposing the truth, and why would he attempt repeatedly to undermine your elected representatives and their elected leaders, even going so far as claiming that he himself represents your views?
This weekend, we learned that Gateshead College management has announced to UCU that it will not implement a single redundancy, and pledged to work with staff to mitigate the effects of government cuts. Why is it seemingly impossible for a Russell Group University with purported world-class aspirations (and so much money it must suspend overnight trading and even receive advice from the banks to open a second account) to do the same?