In an incredibly insensitive e-mail to GCU all staff the GCU OD department are now publicly advertising workships for line-managers on ‘handling difficult conversations’.
Described as ‘a range of resources available to staff to support during the restructuring process’ the e-mail image below is perhaps ‘worth a thousand words’, or at least more than a thousand management claims that they are aiming to lift the threat of compulsory redundancies if and whenpossible. If this was honestly the case, then why the line manager workshops? Continue reading →
Whatever the consequences of the proposed re-structuring for staff including the hard pressed staff in HR, one person will not have to deal with the fallout.
It seems clear from the cluster meetings held last Week that Keith Ross, the temporary head of HR, will be leaving in June. Keith, it is alleged, has been employed on the basis of a rolling contract. The latest one finishes in June.
Who is Keith? Well the Health Professional Council website tells us:
“Keith Ross is a self-employed HR and management consultant. He concentrates on human resources assignments and management roles mainly in the public sector – specifically in the health and education fields. Before becoming self-employed, Keith had a 20-year career in Human Resources roles in the Scottish Health Service and latterly was Director of Human Resources for a Scottish Health Board and an acute NHS Trust. He specialises in management of change and has spent two periods of one year at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh during periods of major structural change”
An examination of what happened at Heriot-Watt would show that there, staff ended up voting for strike action over the imposition of an inflexible performance management system associated with Keith Ross.
Did our senior management know this? If not, why not? Or if so, what were management’s aims in making this appointment?
We do not believe the HR system of a multi-million crucial Scottish university like our own can responsibly be put in the temporary hands of consultants. We believe our staff, students and the Scottish community we are answerable to deserve better.
The trade unions at Glasgow Caledonian met with senior management for their second meeting on Wednesday 16th March to discuss the plans to make 95 staff redundant .
EIS, UCU, UNITE and UNISON were all represented by members from GCU and full time officials apart from UCU who were represented by an official only.
The Senior Management side was larger than the last meeting – Mike Smith and Karen Stanton from the Executive Board attended alongside Jan Hulme, Keith Ross and Stella Bartram. There was also a minute taker from Human Resources present.
Mike Smith and Karen Stanton explained that they had not attended the first meeting because they had not been invited to it by Keith Ross.
The bulk of the meeting was taken up with explaining management’s response to the 4 requests put to them at the previous meeting from the Combined Union Committee. Continue reading →
The trade union representatives had a meeting with Senior Management this morning from 10 – 12 to discuss the compulsory redundancies announced by management last Thursday evening and the imposition of a number of policies on staff by HR and Senior Management earlier in the year.
The trade unions EIS, UCU, UNISON and UNITE were represented along with their union officials, except for EIS whose official could not attend.
Unfortunately only one member of the Executive Board of the University chose to attend, Jan Hulme, she was accompanied by Keith Ross, the HR Interim Director and Stella Bartram from HR who took minutes.
At 8am on 4th March, Principal Pamela Gillies announced in an e-mail to all staff that as a result of proposals presented to University Court by the Executive Board “a reduction of 95 support and administrative posts across the University may be necessary.”
It was claimed that these proposals take place “against a background of cuts in public funding, the need to grow other income and the continuing importance of vigilance in seeking efficiencies wherever possible.”
However as MSP Bill Kidd and others pointed out at the recent rally to defend jobs (see pictures here), 41 senior staff earn more than £70,000 at GCU, nine senior staff earn more than £100,000, four earn more than First Minister Alex Salmond, and three earn more than UK Prime Minister David Cameron.