Stop outsourcing at the University of South Wales

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Stop outsourcing at the University of South Wales 

The University of South Wales is proposing that all new support staff at the University are barred from being employed by the University and will instead be employed by a “Special Purpose Vehicle” company that will allow the university to enforce worse pension conditions to those new staff.

This will create a two tier workforce as academics will continue to have access to a decent pension.  Our academic colleagues know the value support staff play in the University and wish us to stay correctly remunerated for the role we play.

We fear that other Post 92 Universities will follow this move and we could see the end of decent terms and conditions for all University Support staff.

Once a group of staff is outsourced it is only a matter of time before everyone is outsourced.  Once staff are in this arms length company there is nothing stopping the University from changing our rates of pay or holiday entitlements.

Our members work hard to help and support students and want to continue doing so, it is wrong and abhorrent for the University to devalue what we do.

UNISON as the largest support staff union in the University is opposing these changes and is calling on people to sign this petition to ensure these four things :

1) No Outsourcing
2) A decent pension and terms and conditions for all
3) No segregation of the workforce
4) To continue and improve on providing an excellent service to our students.

UNISON has already consulted with its members and recorded a 98.3% rejection of the new pension by our members.  We don’t want to formally ballot but will do so if needed.

We therefore call on the University to reverse this damaging decision and consider better ways to improve the future for staff and students.

Please share and sign this petition, talk about this using the #NoOutsourcingUSW hashtag.

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