Standard terms, equal conditions

July 11, 2013

The University and College Union has misrepresented the negotiations that are under way between the University of Liverpool and its recognised unions (Unite, Unison and the UCU) to standardise staff terms and conditions (“Into the dispute ride the 600”, News; “Professorial position: Liverpool, think again”, Letters, 4 July).

At Liverpool (and in common with other universities), the terms and conditions of support, professional, managerial, specialist and senior administrative staff vary considerably. We would like to standardise them to ensure fairness and equality for everyone across the institution. Our new contracts will ensure there is greater consistency and transparency about the circumstances in which staff become eligible for certain terms, such as pay supplements or compensatory time off.

The UCU claims that we are expecting staff to work extra hours on evenings, weekends and bank holidays without compensation. This isn’t the case. Our employment conditions are and will continue to be among the best in the public sector and comparable to those offered by the majority of universities in the UK.

Far from breaking off negotiations with the trade unions, as the UCU claims, we are holding positive and constructive weekly discussions, and will continue to do so in the hope of reaching an agreement. We are doing so under a legal procedure known as S188 at the behest of the union. This procedure has been used at the university over the past two years in restructures and changes to the terms of employment held by other groups of staff represented by the UCU.

We will not be making any of our staff redundant, as they will remain in the same jobs but on revised terms. We are committed to retaining an excellent but modernised terms and conditions package that supports our current and future operational needs.

Sir Howard Newby
Vice-chancellor
University of Liverpool

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Reader's comments (1)

I'm afraid it is Sir Howard who is doing the misleading, a shame that he should seek to belittle the views of 600 senior academics across the UK who signed a letter calling for the notice of redundancy to be withdrawn.A section 188 is a redundancy notice,it was not at the behest of the Union,the University broke off negotiations which were progressing to change terms on a voluntary basis and issued staff with a statutory notice of redundancy.How is making people redundant and re-employing them on lesser terms going to make people feel about themselves?Perhaps Sir Howard would like to issue himself with a new contract on lesser terms?His conditions of service have continually improved during his tenure.The University should collectively hang its head in shame and a Vice Chancellor misleading with facts is shameful.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Construction workers erecting barriers

Directly linking non-EU recruitment to award levels in teaching assessment has also been under consideration, sources suggest