NEWS RELEASE FROM UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside 26/07/2018
UNISON CALLS ON BRADFORD UNIVERSITY TO CONSULT OVER PLANS TO AXE 190 JOBS
Plans to cut 190 jobs – including librarians and Human Resources staff – at Bradford University should be halted to allow proper consultation with unions and businesses in the district, UNISON said today.
The job cuts have been outlined in documents produced by the University’s managers which they say are necessary to compete in an increasingly “competitive and challenging” Higher Education environment.
But UNISON has complained that there has been no early consultation with them on the proposals, and expressed fears that the cuts will damage the long-term economic prospects for Bradford as a whole.
UNISON Regional Organiser, Leonie Sharp, said: “Management says the job losses are related to the financial position of the University and a fall in student numbers. It is a short-term cost cutting proposal.
“But we believe that there are alternative courses of action to avoid our members losing their jobs, and that there is potential for strong growth at the University. Bradford has the youngest population of any city in the UK.
“That is a huge potential for Higher Education in the district. As the Bradford Economic Partnership and others have said, Bradford’s economic future is dependent on developing the educational potential of those young people
“The University should be investing in staff rather than cutting jobs, so they are able to create a more ambitious strategy to attract more students to Bradford and focus on growing the University over the next decade.”
UNISON has requested an urgent meeting with the University’s management to discuss the issue and members are calling for an industrial action ballot over the threatened cuts.
The unions want to discuss alternatives to the proposed cuts and to set up consultations – with the University, the district’s MPs and business groups such as the Bradford Economic Forum – on how to grow the University.
Leonie Sharp said: “Our members at the University are extremely proud of their work because they make a crucial contribution to the well-being and future prosperity of Bradford, its citizens and the thousands of students from the UK and overseas who attend it.
“Now is not the time to damage the University’s capacity to develop its role as a vital driving force for the district’s economic future.”