Reacting to the news that 115 jobs are threatened at Bangor university, Geoff Edkins, UNISON organiser said,
“Whilst UNISON is committed to working with the University and the other trade unions to ensure there is a sustainable structure fit for the future, there’s no escaping the fact that our members are alarmed at the potential loss of 115 jobs and the University cannot hide from the anger of staff whose livelihoods they have put at risk.
“Bangor has just been awarded the gold standard for teaching so mass redundancies now have the potential to undo all the good work University staff have done to achieve that rating.
“It’s in everyone’s interest for Bangor university to be as strong as possible and to protect the quality of education and student experience.
“UNISON will work with our members and the university to identify where savings can be made. We are opposed to compulsory redundancies. We are very pleased the unions have seen off an attempt to slash the wages of staff but remain concerned about the impact job losses will have on staff, students and the local economy.”
Notes for editors
- Last week the university was awarded the Gold standard in the Teaching and Excellence Framework
Alastair Gittins, UNISON press officer 07816 53 83 97