Union leaders are urging members to vote for industrial action at Glyndwr University in Wrexham this week in a row over job cuts.
A ballot for members of the University College Union at the university opens tomorrow as tensions with management escalates.
In a strongly worded newsletter to members, seen by the Daily Post, UCU branch committee officials said: “We are now in dispute!”
It added: “The branch committee urges you to vote yes in the forthcoming ballot in support of industrial action and industrial action short of a strike.”
The ballot closes on Friday, June 13.
A row broke out between the two sides after it was announced the university was looking to shed 60 jobs.
Earlier this month, the UCU, which is opposed to compulsory job losses, gave a cautious welcome after university chiefs extended its voluntary redundancy scheme.
The UCU had also backed a motion of no confidence in vice chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, after the redundancy proposals were announced.
But yesterday, the UCU newsletter spelled out why it now wanted members to take industrial action.
Union officials criticised recent restructuring in the university, expressing fears there will not be enough quality staff to deliver its academic programmes if it continues.
“It is time to demonstrate to the vice chancellor, the chair of the board of governors, the governors and management just how serious the branch is in opposing the potential compulsory redundancies,” it said.
“For all of you who have lived through the numerous reorganisations, what has changed for you in the way you deliver your programmes?” it added.
“We, the staff, are the people who ensure quality and student support.
“It is imperative that we retain senior and experienced staff, who have a track record of delivering quality programmes for our students.
“Our fight against compulsory redundancy is to ensure that we keep these people.”
No one at the university was available for comment yesterday.
But university chiefs have previously insisted the reorganisation process will deliver an improved, cost effective organisation, with solid foundations for the future.
Earlier this year, a Glyndwr University spokesman said: “The university considers the proposals for change to be in its best long-term interests and that of its employees.
“It is committed to achieving this change through the full engagement of employees.
“It urges the recognised unions to fulfil their obligation as employee representatives by ensuring that accurate information is distributed to all the employees in a timely manner through appropriate channels.”(North Wales Daily Post)