Reading lecturers reject “termination without notice” clause

Lecturers at the University of Reading have objected to contractual changes.

Much of the disquiet relates to a new clause over “termination without notice”, which the university says “clarifies the situations in which employees may be dismissed with immediate effect”.

Dismissal could occur “[if you] refuse or neglect to comply with any reasonable and lawful directions of the university” or are “in the reasonable opinion of the university, negligent and incompetent in the performance of your duties”, the proposed contract says.

Staff could also be fired if they act “in any manner which in the reasonable opinion of the university is likely to bring the university or any subsidiary into disrepute or is materially adverse to the interests of the university or any subsidiary”, it adds.

These are incredibly disturbing changes, and I’m glad to see them being rejected.  Negotiations continue.

For more, go here.

One thought on “Reading lecturers reject “termination without notice” clause

  1. “revised academic contracts that are in line with modern employment law”: UGH. Says it all.

    “act in any manner which in the reasonable opinion of the University brings or is likely to bring the University or any subsidiary into disrepute or is materially adverse to the interests of the University” YIKES! For a glimpse of how dangerous this is, see:

    http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2015-06-01/news/professors-academic-freedom-violated-report-finds/
    http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2015-06-30/news/teachers-association-questions-universitys-actions/

    “just over a third of eligible academic staff voted two to one against the proposed changes”: just 22% of academics bothered to vote against this? WTF?!
    I guess academics get the universities they deserve…

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