Union reps critical of Lund’s new staff disciplinary process

Law Employees at Lund University are no longer allowed to speak at staff disciplinary board hearings on dismissal or redundancy, nor may they respond in writing to accusations. Unions at other higher education institutions are now reacting. A compromise has been agreed in Borås.

Disagreement regarding new staff disciplinary board process in Lund

Law Lund University has revised its process for staff disciplinary board matters. The employee concerned is now not permitted to be present when the board makes a decision on dismissal or redundancy. Adam Brenthel, chair of the Saco-S local association in Lund, is critical. “Why do they need to change a process that works well?”

Whistleblower reports at a third of Swedish higher education institutions

News Since the new Whistleblower Act came into force, universities and colleges have introduced their own whistleblower channels. Universitetsläraren’s investigation shows that eleven higher education institutions have received at least one report through their channel so far.

University staff lack support from employers after threats

Work environment According to a survey carried out by the Swedish Union of Civil Servants, ST, more than 60 per cent of the people working in higher education who have experienced threats and violence at work believe that they have not received sufficient support from their employer. At other state authorities, the corresponding figure is 31 per cent.

“You sit at home to get some peace and quiet”

Work environment The staff at Mälardalen University have now been working in activity-based office space in Eskilstuna for a couple of years. The union was critical of the solution right from the start, and still is. “But there is a certain amount of resignation that this is now how things are,” says local SULF chair Michaël Le Duc.

New education minister promises change

Politics The new Minister for Education, Mats Persson of the Liberal Party, has announced that the new government will implement "major reforms" in higher education and research.

All UK universities set to take strike actions

International The University and College Union, UCU, are taking strike actions. Around 70 000 members at 150 universities all around the UK are set to strike for three days, seeking pay rises due to the cost of living crisis.

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Criticism of activity-based workspaces at University West

Work environment University West is to be refurbished so that the staff will have activity-based workspaces rather than their own permanent office space. The union opposes this decision, says SULF representative Tobias Arvemo.