The University of Tampere announced on Monday that it had started negotiations with employee representatives with the aim of reducing 215 jobs at the department.
Employees at risk of losing their jobs are support staff. A total of 1,100 employees will participate in the negotiations, but the university noted that research and teaching positions will not be reduced.
Some of the reductions will be made through redundancies, but some operations will be outsourced. According to the university, the goal is to save 14 million euros annually.
The university announced its intention to partially outsource its financial, payroll, sales invoicing and travel management services to the accounting firm Certia from next year. The change affects 40 employees. Certia is owned by Finnish universities.
Negotiations between the institution and trade union representatives are scheduled to begin next week.
The department’s support services include administrative, library and IT work. President Mari Walls said support services were central to the university’s research and education activities.
"We strive to ensure that the workload of teaching and research staff does not increase. However, it is foreseeable that there will be a certain transition phase, but we will work to ensure that we continue to provide the necessary support services to the faculties in the new arrangement," Walls said.
Reforms and layoffs are expected to begin early next year.
Operations management expert and union shop steward, Jorma Viikkisaid staff were informed of the university’s plans by email on Monday afternoon.
"The news came as a complete surprise. It’s amazing that this news came via email," Viikki said and added that the administration’s job reduction requirements were "shockingly large" to the extent that.
"I do not know how the University of Tampere will operate in the future. Amount [of planned cuts] is as shocking as it could be," he said.
Last week, when the school opened in the fall, university president Walls said the school was under pressure to balance its finances through savings and revenue growth.
The university’s basic state funding is planned to decrease from 196.5 million euros this year to 190.9 million euros in 2022.
Source: The Nordic Page