Staff at the University of Bolton have delivered a damning vote of no confidence in their management team.
Members of UNISON and UCU overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in the senior management. The vote comes after the university put forward proposals to axe almost 100 staff, which would see 15% of the total workforce made redundant.
Overall, 91% of union members who voted registered a ‘vote of no confidence in the senior management team as a result of their handling of the collective consultation process on redundancies’. Despite the vote running for just three days, almost two-thirds (64%) of union members voted.
The two unions are consulting lawyers over what they say is a flawed consultation process by the university that resulted in the job loss plans. Furthermore, UCU and UNISON say the university must come clean over how much money was spent on a costly campus opened in the United Arab Emirates and reveal the full pay and benefits enjoyed by senior managers.
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: ‘The situation at Bolton is serious. The senior managers have lost the support of the staff, which is unsurprising considering they want to make 15% of them redundant, but still won’t tell us what their pay and perks are. Knee-jerk job cuts are not in the long-term interests of the institution and the managers really need to open up the books so we can try and resolve the situation.’
Theresa Griffin UNISON North West Lead for Higher Education said: ‘We are requesting meaningful consultation, proposals to cut 15% of the workforce threatens the actual viability of the University itself. These proposals will have a catastrophic effect on the educational infrastructure of Bolton and the economy of the town. The unions and our members have suggested alternatives and we urge management to reopen consultation.