Staff at Bangor University have received an email informing them that their jobs could be at risk.
The email follows a warning letter sent to staff in October, from the Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hughes, that the University needed to save £5m this year and compulsory redundancies could not be ruled out. The letter blamed the rising costs of pension provision, pay increases and the impact of falling enrolments for the ‘financial challenges’ faced by the University.
It is understood that Trade Union representatives held a meeting with the human resources department at the University last week and a Section 188 ‘Potential for Redundancies’ letter has now been issued to some staff as a ‘precautionary measure‘.
Staff in the Business School, Music and Media, Chemistry Department and Sports Science Department, including some professors within those departments, are believed to be among those to have received the email.
The email outlines how the University “would like to work with the unions to achieve mutual goals, reduce the numbers of potential redundancies and to minimise the need for compulsory redundancies as far as possible.”
The University are understood to be publishing a ‘business case’ which will be sent to all the affected staff this week. A consultation period will then run for 40 days, finishing on or near to 18 January 2019.
Although it is unclear at this stage how many jobs could be lost, unions fear potential job losses could extend to 50-60 Bangor University posts, over the next 3 years. It is also understood that the HR department have invited ‘expressions of interest’ in voluntary redundancy and voluntary early retirement from staff, which would be assessed on an individual basis.
The Bangor University College Union (BUCU) have written to their members attempting to reassure them and have said they will be scrutinizing the new business plans and ‘doing everything we can to save jobs‘.
The union plans to hold a meeting for its members on Wed 12th December.