Statement on Union Restructuring

At its meeting on Thursday 20th February, the Trustee Board considered carefully the ongoing improvement and reorganisation process at the Union of UEA Students that it set in train last November. In particular it reflected on:

  • Representations made at the Union’s Council through policy resolution relating to the reorganisation;
  • Content of a petition presented to the Trustee Board focussed on the reorganisation process;
  • The Board’s role in the constitution to have responsibility for staff matters, to determine the agreed staffing establishment and to consider any resolutions in light of their financial implications for the Union, and the extent to which they may (or may not) be in the best interests of the Union or its charitable objects.

As a result of this discussion the Board resolved the following:

  • To ensure the management of the Union re-evaluates the current proposals, seeking and responding to feedback from staff both individually and through the recognised trade union in good faith
  • To address directly with individual staff and collectively through the recognised trade union any concerns about the clarity of the proposed reorganisation and any objections to proposed grading of new posts
  • That the management of the Union will be required to demonstrate back to the Board that it has make every effort to avoid compulsory redundancies through potential alterations to the proposals; redeployment of staff to other areas; voluntary redundancy; changing the nature of work patterns, retraining, and any other options proposed as part of the consultation. Only following the exhaustion of these processes will (compulsory) redundancies be implemented.
  • To carry out this consultation process on a timeline agreed with Unison



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