Union slams “opaque” Uni talks

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TALKS between Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool have been branded “opaque and hidden from view” by the Unite union.

The union, which represents 1.5 million workers nationwide, said the talks of “closer collaboration” between the two institutions could be the tip of the iceberg, and that the merging of academic and other services provided by the UK’s 160 universities could lead to job losses.

Mike Robinson, Unite’s national officer for education, called for the managements at Lancaster and Liverpool to be transparent and open in their discussions on shared services. Liverpool employs 5,000 staff and Lancaster 2,500.

“Unite is concerned that services could be merged with potential for job losses” he said.

“We call on the senior managements of both Liverpool and Lancaster universities to make clear any closer co-operation will not result in compulsory job losses.”