Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Standard Terms, Equal Conditions: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Standard Terms, Equal Conditions: Letters

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The University and College Union has misrepresented the negotiations that are under way between the University of Liverpool and its recognised unions (Unite, Unison and the UCU) to standardise staff terms and conditions ("Into the dispute ride the 600", News; "Professorial position: Liverpool, think again", Letters, 4 July).

At Liverpool (and in common with other universities), the terms and conditions of support, professional, managerial, specialist and senior administrative staff vary considerably. We would like to standardise them to ensure fairness and equality for everyone across the institution. Our new contracts will ensure there is greater consistency and transparency about the circumstances in which staff become eligible for certain terms, such as pay supplements or compensatory time off.

The UCU claims that we are expecting staff to work extra hours on evenings, weekends and bank holidays without compensation. This isn't the case. Our employment conditions are and will continue to be among the best in the public sector and comparable to those offered by the majority of universities in the UK. …

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