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Stirling University facing legal action over job cuts

4 November 2009

UCU has begun employment tribunal proceedings against the University of Stirling. The union says the university has 'flagrantly breached' employment law by failing to consult properly with trade unions over job losses. If the claim is successful each affected employee could receive a pay out equivalent to 90 days' pay.

Employment law requires employers to consult in good time; to consult about ways of avoiding, reducing or mitigating job losses; and to consult in a meaningful way with a view to reaching agreement. If the Employment Tribunal agrees with UCU, then it can order Stirling University pay a protective award of up to 90 days' pay for each affected employee.

UCU'S Scottish Official Mary Senior said: 'UCU is deeply disappointed at the University of Stirling's failure to engage in any form of meaningful and timely consultation over job cuts. UCU has been left with no alternative but to seek a legal remedy to this flagrant breach of employment law, and has lodged proceedings in a bid to protect our members at Stirling.'

The employment tribunal was lodged on Thursday (29 October).

Last updated: 11 December 2015