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UCU Scotland condemns university derecognition

9 March 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU Scotland condemned the decision by Robert Gordon University to derecognise the University and College Union (UCU) and Unite trade unions. The derecognition means that the unions can no longer take part in discussions with the university over terms and conditions of service relating to their members.

UCU believes the decision has been taken because of its recent criticism over the university, in particular its objection to the privatisation of international recruitment. The president of UCU Scotland, Dr Lesley McIntosh, is based at the university and said that the final three months of her term will now be overshadowed.

President of UCU Scotland, Dr Lesley McIntosh, said: 'I am shocked that my university would disenfranchise staff in this way. Rather than involving UCU in the decision-making process and taking a collegial approach, it is attempting to impose changes without proper consultation and by gagging staff.

'Nationally we are concerned that the university management is increasingly out of touch with other universities. Despite Robert Gordon's decision, I will spend my last three months fighting for staff, particularly with the elections and the outcome of the higher education consultation on the horizon.'

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