Careers Restructuring – Little Management Respect for Consultation Process

UCU is pressing management to re-engage in meaningful consultation on the restructuring of the Careers Service. During the formal consultation earlier this year we urged management to address our primary concerns which are the undermining of the professional standing of staff and the down grading of posts within the service. New proposals which were presented on 26 June have substantial changes to those considered during the consultation process. The “Final” structure is now significantly different from the plans we were consulted on with fewer roles available in the revised structure. It is our view that meaningful consultation may now not have occurred because the plans are so radically different to the plans finalised in February. We have therefore written to management asking  that formal consultation re-commence because we are now dealing with a completely different proposition to the one which was presented to the consultation team at the beginning of the year.