UNIVERSITY bosses are trying to save cash by transferring jobs to “arms-length” companies.
The University of South Wales (USW) has announced that, in future, newly recruited support workers will not be directly employed by the university, but by a company which the university is setting up.
New support workers will also be excluded from the staff pension scheme and placed on an inferior one.
Public service union Unison said the practice would create a two-tier employment system and vowed to resist it, if necessary with industrial action.
The new system, which is due to take effect in August, will affect recruits to jobs in information technology, academic registry, libraries, estates, accommodation and student support.
Unison believes that other universities, including Staffordshire, Lincoln, Northumbria and the University of West London, are set to introduce similar plans.
Unison branch secretary Dan Beard attacked the university for “undermining the pensions of the lowest-paid.
“Support staff helped build the prestige of USW. Today they are feeling incredibly disappointed and there is no way they will accept the university’s proposals to slash pension benefits or employment conditions.”
He said industrial action was “a very real possibility.”
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