Fears of job losses at University of South Wales

University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch press release

The University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch have today been informed of the scale and shape of the cuts being proposed by the University as it reviews its shape and size under financial pressures.

The University which has campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport has entered formal consultation with its trade unions today on how it can make cost reductions across the University.

Public services trade union, UNISON, one of the largest unions in the University, has said it will work with USW to identify savings if they need to be made but that should not be at the cost of frontline workers. The union has complained that the university has created an imbalance of more managers and fewer staff delivering services and teaching students.

The University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch Secretary Dan Beard said:

‘Our members have had years of constant restructures, redundancies and uncertainty over long term job security. Caerleon campus was closed last year ending our presence in the town.  Our branch calls on the University to commit to protecting front line staff and if necessary dispense with the increasing practice of retaining and recruiting highly paid management staff which has been the norm in recent years.  The union will robustly defend our member’s interests and will be consulting them once the full facts of the proposals are disclosed to consider the next steps that may be necessary.’