UNISON – along with our sister union UCU - has expressed some serious concerns to the University about the establishment of CoSector which would see the establishment of a two-tier workforce within some of our core services.
We don’t believe that the university should set up a company that will move away from national pay bargaining, giving employees different (possibly less) annual leave and denying future employees in these services access to the SAUL and USS pension schemes.
We believe that different terms and conditions are divisive and there must be better ways to deliver improved services in the future.
There is still considerable uncertainty about the direction of travel CoSector will assume. There is still much to discuss. The University knows our views. However, this announcement demonstrates that both Unison and UCU lobbying of University management can influence.
Your union can make positive changes in the workplace. Therefore, please encourage your colleagues to join. The more of us there are, the more we can achieve.
If your colleagues haven’t yet joined UNISON then they can do so here:
In the meantime, please feel free to share your views.