summertime blues for support staff
is the first university to increase annual leave to 25
days for all support staff clerical, technical
and ancillary. The change, from July 1 this year, brings
holiday entitlement into line with academic and related
resources director Matthew Knight said: "This is one of
the best ways of rewarding our staff for their hard work
part of the new leave arrangement, the unions MSF and
UNISON have agreed that all full-time staff will be expected
to work 'full-time hours', of 36.5 hours a week for clerical
workers, 37 for technicians and 38 for ancillary staff.
staff and those working part of the year will have a pro-rata
entitlement, and extra leave days for long service will
no longer be granted. Information about the changes, including
details of this year's entitlement, will be circulated
Hudson of MSF called the change a positive step to reward
support staff: "This is a ground-breaking move by Leeds
and we hope that the harmonisation process will continue."
Fred Whitaker of UNISON also welcomed the change. "Leeds
is setting an example for other universities to follow,"
resources and unions are pursuing a number of positive
initiatives aimed at improving working lives under the
'rewarding and developing staff' umbrella, including the
harmonisation of terms and conditions: see future Reporters
for more details.