IWGB calls on the University of London and its catering subcontractor Aramark to halt the redundancy plans for one year, to allow time for the many possible solutions that would enable affected staff to continue their employment to be tested.
Why is this important?
It was announced on 8 November 2016 that Aramark intends to ‘restructure’ a pool of ten people at the University of London site, resulting in the loss of three permanent jobs in catering at the University site.
This pool includes only staff on contracts with guaranteed hours, many of whom have worked at the site for years. No zero-hours staff or their posts have been included in the pool.
We believe redundancy should be an absolute last resort and should not be considered until all other options have been tried and failed.
In this case IWGB, the Trade Union representing affected staff, does not believe Aramark and the University have done all they can to avoid redundancies. There are several grounds on which it can be shown that this restructure is precipitate and has not been properly managed.
IWGB calls on the University of London to step in publicly, to prevent its collusion in discriminatory practices against ethnic minority staff on its site and against what it believes is the attempted constructive dismissal of longstanding members of staff.