Industrial dispute resolved, 16 March 2010

Agreement has been reached this afternoon to resolve the dispute between the University and College Union (UCU) and the University of Leeds.

The main features of the agreement include a new sector-leading process for managing organisational change;  this reinforces collegiality and the engagement of staff and represents a ground-breaking package enshrining the principles of openness, fairness, transparency and good governance in detailed new policies and procedures to promote job security, avoid redundancy and manage change.   The agreement also covers the position of the Faculty of Biological Sciences (FBS), where the post-restructuring review phase - various steps aimed at avoiding compulsory redundancies - will be extended to the end of January 2011.  New measures to facilitate redeployment and retraining and where appropriate the reinvigoration of research work are to be piloted in FBS.

The agreement also includes a number of measures to underpin the collegial nature of academic governance.

It follows that Thursday's strike will not now take place.

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