TEU is frustrated that Lincoln University’s vice-chancellor Andrew West has called on staff to consider voluntary resignation.
Andrew West says he is calling voluntary redundancies “to try and minimise the extent of possible compulsory redundancies”.
However local TEU organiser Cindy Doull says she does not believe that the university is in a position yet where it is necessary to consider voluntary redundancies.
“There have been a number of flawed consultation processes so far this year where the university has provided insufficient analysis or financial costs for its many proposed reforms. The university has not worked through how it will implement the many changes, or if these redundancies could put its new initiatives at risk. University management told us it had already identified a number of academic roles as roles that could be reduced; this led us to worry that the outcome is already predetermined.”
Andrew West says the university needs the redundancies because the financial situation for the university remains tight, “notwithstanding the fact we have progressed some important initiatives such as the Qualifications Reform, development of the Research Strategy and Whenua Strategy and the Better Business Case”.
However Cindy Doull says Lincoln should only call for voluntary severance after it has finished a proper review of what it actually requires as an institution, not before. She is advising any staff considering expressing an interest in the voluntary severance offer to do so carefully.
“I would strongly encourage you to take a TEU representative along to any meetings you have to discuss this matter.”