Ulster University misses compensation payment deadline for former staff

The Coleraine campus of Ulster University. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

ULSTER University has missed a deadline to pay out an estimated £1 million compensation to more than 140 former staff.

A tribunal last year found academics were "kept in the dark" about widespread redundancies by UU.

A total of 143 staff left on a voluntary severance scheme in April 2016.

The University and College Union (UCU) took a case claiming the university did not consult staff over job losses.

It found there was "a very serious failure to consult" and made a `protective award' of 90 days' pay.

The deadline for compensation payment was January 15 - interest of 8 per cent per day is due beyond this date.

UCU said the university had acknowledged the missed deadline by email on Tuesday.

"This lack of payment really adds insult to the injury our members have suffered," said Tracy Irwin, UCU at Ulster branch president.

"UCU had hoped for a new dawn in industrial relations at Ulster following the gravity of the tribunal ruling. We call on management to rectify the situation as a matter of urgency and to apologise to the dismissed colleagues for the further stress this delay has caused."

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