Please see below for an important email on the current restructure and redundancies from IWGB branch secretary and ICE rep Danny Millum.
I am writing in my capacity as an ICE Forum representative to share the latest information with regard to the ongoing CoSector and ICT restructure, and in particular how this may affect the rest of the University of London.
You may be aware that on Wednesday 11 September a meeting was held for affected staff at which plans were unveiled for a radical restructure of both the CoSector and ICT departments.
The ostensible justification for this is for ICT to expand its remit and take direct responsibility for the University’s Information Technology and Digital Services and for CoSector to focus on growing external revenue.
ICE reps and affected staff have been prevented from sharing the more detailed plans with you by the University’s desire for secrecy. However, we believe it is important that all staff are at least aware of the following points regarding these proposals:
- They will involve a reduction in headcount of around 20 FTE, with longstanding members of staff finding their positions abolished and facing what is in effect compulsory redundancy.
- They will involve a significant decrease in the levels of IT support available to the rest of the University. For instance, it is planned to reduce the number of roles in Central IT Support from 14.5 to 10, in the Networks team from 5 to 3 and in the Server team from 6 to 4.
- No explanation has been given as to how these already overstretched teams will be able to maintain current service levels with a vastly reduced headcount.
- No justification has been given for why compulsory redundancies are being threatened despite CoSector being in profit.
- No explanation has been given for why the senior management team has been exempted from these changes, with senior managers being awarded new ‘Associate Director’ titles in many instances.
Needless to say staff in the affected departments are extremely concerned and will appreciate your support. However, we believe it will affect all staff at the University, given the vital functions that these staff perform.
The consultation is currently ongoing, so it would be great to get feedback from staff across the rest of the University with regard to these plans. Several extraordinary ICE meetings are being held so that we can feed back to the University and get more information from them on these proposals. So please do get in touch with your local ICE reps in person or by email and let them know what you think, or to submit questions which they will ask on staff’s behalf:
CoSector: Colin Watson
SAS: Lindsey Caffin, Danny Millum, Mark Murphy, Damien Short and Marty Steer
UoLW: Tim Hall, Bill Kelliher and Catherine Morrissey
Finance & ICT: Angela Ireland
Senate House Library: Leila Kassir and Elizabeth Morcom
Property and Facilities Management: Jelony Osa