Writing to Bradford University’s Vice-Chancellor, Imran has thrown his support behind staff at the university facing redundancies in swinging job cuts, urging the University to engage in “meaningful” consultation.

The job cuts will be made to Bradford University’s non-academic staff that provide academic support, security and other services, and were announced to staff on 17 July 2018, with the first round of cuts expected to be made by the end of this year. Up to 60-65 jobs are expected to be lost in this first round, followed by the possibility of further rounds of cuts with 190 jobs lost overall.

However, following meetings with trade union representatives and the University, Imran has claimed that Bradford University management failed to engage in meaningful consultation between the University, staff and their representatives on mitigating the job losses taking place, which is described by Imran as creating an “atmosphere of bad faith”.

Following his meetings, Imran has demanded that steps are taken to ensure a joint approach between management and staff representatives, and that this is brought about through a fair and thorough negotiation and consultation. He has further urged Bradford University’s management to halt their plans to impose redundancies until the conclusion of this negotiation.

Imran has also expressed his concerns around the impact that the redundancies will have on the reputation of the University, stating that it will paint a worrying picture for businesses and investors in Bradford, and with the loss of academic support staff, will reduce the teaching quality of the University that will put off future prospective students.

Speaking on the job cuts at Bradford University, Imran said:

“The way that Bradford University’s management has handled these cuts, without meaningful consultation with staff and trade unions representing them, is deeply disappointing, and there has been a series loss of faith by staff in the University as a result. Bradford University must halt their plans for job losses and engage in thorough and meaningful consultation with staff.

“I support Bradford University’s staff in this dispute, and I will continue to work closely with them and their representatives, Bradford University’s management and Ministers to seek a viable solution to this issue.

“These job cuts won’t just impact on staff, but will hurt the wider reputation of the University too by setting a poor example as a key player in the Bradford Economic Partnership, and by harming the quality of teaching with the loss of academic support staff.”

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