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Unite accuses Heriot-Watt over job cuts

Unite accuses Heriot-Watt over job cuts

29 August 2012

Unite the union says managers at Heriot-Watt University are being ‘aggressive’ over plans to slash jobs. 

Unite says the university has failed to ensure that the union is properly involved in consultations over proposals to axe around 100 posts in order to save £4.25 million. 

Unite regional officer Gillian McKay said: “The university initially confirmed that the dates for consultation meetings would be mutually agreed with Unite officers, but they then went ahead with dates where they knew officers were not available. That’s completely unreasonable.

“I have also had to write to the university about the aggressive and threatening manner which senior managers are taking in consultation meetings. I have been personally shocked and appalled by the way that some individuals have conducted themselves.

“We will not allow our members to be treated in this way. We will be making a full report to our members at the university and taking their guidance on how to proceed.”

Unite had already raised concerns over the way that the university published its plans on 3 March, without any prior notice or consultation with the trade unions. 

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Notes to editors

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org