Over 130 members of staff at Glyndwr University have voted in favour of industrial action.
The votes in favour of industrial action come as a result of proposals to cut 60 jobs to save money.
Last month UCU (University and College Union) announced they were in official ‘dispute’ with the university and encouraged staff to vote in favour of industrial action.
On June 13th the ballot for industrial action was opened, with UCU members voting 91% to take action short of a strike. Along with this 82% of respondents voted ‘yes’ to strike action.
Within the union’s May newsletter it states: “No one is in a position to predict, with any confidence, whether, or to what extent, the University will be able to teach and manage its academic programmes in 2014-2015 (and, of course, to do this without a decline in quality and standards, student retention, student satisfaction, league table scores, etc.).
“We have been given no assurances by the University on this matter, let alone any evidence on which such assurances would need to be founded. This is not competent, reasonable or effective management.”
Glyndwr UCU have since posted an official opening letter / statement on their Facebook page:
“Dear Sirs, Following the positive result of the Industrial Ballot Action of Glyndwr University UCU members in respect of the failure of the University to confirm that they will not resort to compulsory redundancies in the restructure of the University, the Glyndwr University UCU Branch now call on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott,and the Chair of the Board of Governors, Sir Jon Shortridge,to resign from their posts at the University with immediate effect as we have no confidence in their ability to look after the future of GlyndwrUniversity.
GU UCU Branch Committee”
A spokesperson for Glyndwr University commented: “We are naturally disappointed that UCU members have voted in favour of industrial action. We are of the view that this stance does not reflect the views of the wider University population.
“The current stance adopted by UCU is unfortunate as the University continues its efforts to avoid compulsory redundancies as part of an ongoing process. We would urge UCU Members who have voted in this way to consider the impact on the wider University population as well as our students.
“The University will make every effort to ensure any disruption to the student experience is kept to the absolute minimum.”
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