15/02/2010

Elin Jones meets IBERS unions

Ceredigion's Assembly Member Elin Jones today met union representatives to discuss plans to cut 70 full time posts at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

The issue has raised enormous concern locally and has been the subject of several comments on this blog. Unions represented at the meeting were the UCU, UNITE and Prospect.

After the meeting, Elin, who is also the National Assembly's Agriculture Minister, said:
“I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet union representatives to discuss their reaction to the announcement that there will be 70 posts made redundant at IBERS. I share the unions’ concerns about the current lack of transparency in the whole process and the speed Aberystwyth University intends to carry out these redundancies. I'll now be raising these concerns as a matter of urgency with both Aberystwyth University’s Vice-Chancellor as well as with the Education Minister”.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see someone having some input, but I fear that this will be the tip of the iceberg for staff at the uni. From what I can gather, some yearly promotions may be capped to a one off payment (with no pension cotribution) and the research councils have announced that they will not be paying inflation on research funding. This has already been factored in for some projects and couls amount to millions a year. Combined with the HEFC cuts on student places the future looks bleak, particularly for lecturers. Maybe there should be a level of governmental involvement to make sure its not just professors that keep thier posts.

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