Statement on planned strike action for 5 May
5 May 2010
Regarding the planned strike action for 5 May, UCL and the UCU have issued the following joint statement: The planned strike action for 5 May has today, been postponed by the UCU.
Following a number of meetings last week, UCL and the UCU (in consultation with UCL's two other campus trade unions) have reviewed progress in achievement of this year's 6% budget improvement. UCL is actively committed to avoiding compulsory redundancy and has a strong track record in this regard. UCL has confirmed that the Dean of Life Sciences plans to advise UCL Council, no later than 14th May, that a Redundancy Committee to reduce the number of academic posts in the Faculty will not be necessary. She will be able to do this as soon as all volunteers have been able to formally confirm acceptance of their voluntary severance and early retirement packages.
UCL has confirmed that suitable alternative employment can be offered to all UCU members displaced in the current change programmes to achieve this year's budget improvement in the Registry, Life Sciences Administration, Library Services and Museums & Collections. UCL has established a Joint Consultative Group to review future workforce planning and to revise UCL's organisational change and redeployment policies in light of recent experience.
As a result of these assurances the UCU has today agreed to suspend its dispute and the strike action called for 5th May will not now go ahead.