Published: 15th June, 2018
The letter below was sent to Professor Paul Boyle on 15th June 2018
Professor Paul Boyle
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
15th June 2018
Dear Professor Boyle,
Declaration of dispute: staff redundancies
I write on behalf of the University of Leicester UCU and in conjunction with advice from our Regional Office. As you know, UCU has met several times with members of the University Leadership Team (ULT) since the end of April, including since your announcement on 17th May 2018 of potential compulsory redundancies. During these meetings we have detailed our failure to agree and how angry our members are at the need for further job losses on top of the current de facto recruitment freeze when there is no financial crisis.
LUCU has consistently argued that:
At every meeting UCU has sought assurances that there will be no compulsory redundancies and that those on fixed-term contracts employees will have their contracts renewed as a matter of course unless there is clear evidence that to demonstrate that the work is ceasing, or the number of people required to carry out this work is reduced or diminishing. Without this demonstrable evidence there is not a lawful case for redundancy. To date, ULT has refused to provide assurances on either of these two points. It is with regret, therefore, that I am writing to formally register a trade dispute between UCU and the University on the issue listed above.
UCU reserves its right to now progress this matter but the institution is aware that resolution of this issue requires two commitments on part of the University:
UCU will continue to meet with the University to try and resolve this dispute. However, this dispute will continue until the above issues, and any issues related to any industrial action called for by the Union in support of the dispute, have been resolved to UCU’s satisfaction.
Chair, Leicester UCU