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Unions Call For Support For Staff at UoH Scarborough Campus as New Partnership Draws Near

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Unions are calling on people to show their support for staff at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus by signing an online petition.

The petition condemns the lack of transparency and meaningful consultation involved in the transfer of ownership of the Scarborough campus to the Grimsby Institute, and the settlement offered to the 140 staff that remain employed on the campus.

The campaign has attracted over 250 signatures in under 24 hours and states:
"We declare that we have no confidence in the Vice Chancellor due to his abject failure to lead the campus during the period of transition and the failure in his duty of care to his employees.

"In the light of the failure of the University to respond satisfactorily to our concerns, we call on the trade unions to initiate a ballot for industrial action.

"Accordingly the campus trade unions have each lodged formal trade disputes with the University."

In 2014 the University of Hull made the decision to take all provision from the Scarborough campus to the main campus in Hull. Staff first heard about the news via a leak to the Scarborough News.

The University looked for a partner to take on the site and continue to offer higher education provision with the expectation that staff would be retained to deliver that provision.

In November 2014 a collaboration with Hull College Group was announced, however in January 2016 this partnership came to a mutual conclusion.

A source at the University told Scarborough UK:
"The point of the petition is that the staff that remain employed on the campus have been treated terribly during the process.

"They have been living with a great deal of stress, uncertainty, knowing that since the Hull College deal will no longer be required and although the university do not like to make redundancies this is what will happen but called voluntary leaving."

With the transition to the Grimsby Institute Group looking likely, it's thought that no amount of action will revert the decision, but those affected feel that there must be some accountability. Unions are supporting staff and are fighting to help them secure the best possible package.

The Grimsby Institute Group, who are one of England's largest providers of further and higher education, merged with Yorkshire Coast College in 2010. If successful in the purchase of the Filey Road campus, it is believed they will move both their Westwood and Lady Edith's Drive campuses to the site.

You can view the petition here.

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