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Length in service/redundancy

February 15, 2011

The University of Leeds management has sought to clarify the UCU’s evidence that they have put over 1000 of their staff at risk of redundancy by explaining that we are just talking about fixed term staff and employees on a fractional or hourly paid contracts (or ‘student helpers’ as the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Staff, Steve Scott,┬áprefers to call them).

In law, an employee who has been on the payroll for over four years has the right to permanent employment status.

Given this, you might wish to consider the University’s appeal (that the section 188 notices they have offered relate mostly to fixed-term staff) against the evidence of length in service, given below, for all staff covered by those section 188 notices. Click on the image to see the data more clearly.

University of Leeds redundancies

2 Comments leave one →
  1. An academic permalink
    February 15, 2011 3:23 PM

    It seems odd that the university’s senior management has not drawn attention to the legal position, in either their briefings or their blogs.

    Is the issuing of S188 notices in this manner the sort of action that might lead to an employment tribunal on behalf of affected employees?

    Does the law treat “student helpers” equally to all other employees, regardless of status?

  2. February 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    There should be no detrimental treatment of staff on the basis of contract.

    Do searches on the blog for ‘tribunal’ for contexts for answering your other question.

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