For the first time in its 28 year history, UCU Ulster has declared a local dispute with the University concerning the manner by which the university is progressing redundancies amongst staff. The dispute states:
"The use of premature deadlines and unwarranted threats of compulsory redundancy are unreasonable as well as contrary to University policy and corporate goals. They do not allow staff sufficient time to give serious consideration to life changing decisions or reasonable time to seek alternative employment."
As the University trade unions actively bring these matters to light, and campaign for adherence to University policies, it is currently planned that this petition be closed next week, and that the issues covered n the petition continue to be pursued by the recognised trade unions.
I hope this has given an opportunity for University stakeholders to petition on behalf of the ultimate good of the University and community, and also encouraged those too frightened to sign.