UNISON, the public service union, fears that the University of Cumbria is planning to slash staffing levels at its Carlisle campuses.
The University is aiming to cut £1.25m from its pay bill and it is likely that the bulk of the cuts will hit Carlisle, as the University intends to concentrate ‘student journey’ services at its Lancaster campus. The changes could involve 50 jobs being lost.
The full details of the University’s plans are not clear as the unions have been excluded from meetings about the ‘Student Journey Programme’.
Dave Armstrong, UNISON Regional Organiser said:
“If these plans are implemented, it will have a devastating effect on the staff in Carlisle. The University is a major employer across its various sites and has a responsibility to all its local communities to provide good quality employment. The University of Cumbria appears intent on reneging on its responsibilities to the people of Carlisle.”
“These cuts are not necessary. We believe that the University has wasted money recently on inflating senior staff salaries, hiring external consultants and paying market supplements to top up senior manager salaries. This is money that would have been better spent on providing and improving services to students in Cumbria.”
“The last Faculty Restructure cost nearly £375,000 when it was supposed to save £600,000. It is galling that our members will now be paying the price for this catalogue of errors. Having fewer support staff at the University will worsen the student experience and make Cumbria a less attractive option for potential students.”
“If the plans go ahead we intend to oppose them at every level.”