Edgbaston Park Hotel.

Preet has joined Jack Dromey MP in writing to the University of Birmingham's Vice-Chancellor after it emerged that 19 members of staff may lose their jobs at the University-owned Edgbaston Park Hotel.

Their letter calls for the University to use its considerable influence to seek the immediate extension of the consultation period to at least 60 days for all affected staff, as well as the commencement of negotiations between the business, workers and unions on how the Job Support Scheme could be used to avoid the need for any compulsory redundancies.

In the letter, Preet and Jack go on to say:

"In addition, we would also ask the University to consider again any additional direct support it could provide to help the business through these very difficult times. When the Hotel is able to operate in an improved environment, we are sure it will benefit greatly from the experienced and dedicated staff it has retained as a result of careful and pragmatic action now to safeguard jobs."

You can read the letter in full below.

Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham
 

Dear Professor Sir David Eastwood,

We are writing to you as two of Birmingham’s parliamentary representatives with a particular interest in the important work of the University, as well as the success and welfare of its students and staff. As you know we have a lot of respect for the role the University plays both in its worldclass teaching, research and as an important local employer.

Because of the respect we have for the University, we were concerned to hear of recent news from the University-owned Edgbaston Park Hotel, where 19 staff may lose their jobs in just a few short weeks.

Our understanding is that the University sees the Hotel as a vital part of its ongoing work in the city, and that therefore the viability and continuation of business at the site is not in question. Given this, we write in the sincere hope that the announcement from the Chancellor on the 24th September of the Job Support Scheme (partly the result of considerable campaigning efforts from Labour, employers’ groups and trade unions) will provide a way for the Hotel to avoid the need for any compulsory redundancies.

We understand that, aside from those entitled to a longer consultation, many staff are already some days into the statutory minimum consultation period of 30 days, meaning time is very short to find alternatives. It would seem to us to be deeply regrettable for the business and the broader University community to lose the services of so many dedicated and hardworking staff when the JSS
is specifically designed for these circumstances.

While we appreciate that the Hotel is a separate employer, we would ask you to use the University’s considerable influence as the sole owner of the business to seek the following:

  •  The immediate extension of the consultation period to at least 60 days for all affected staff
  • The commencement of negotiations between the business, workers and unions on how the JSS could be utilised to ensure its ongoing success

In addition, we would also ask the University to consider again any additional direct support it could provide to help the business through these very difficult times. When the Hotel is able to operate in an improved environment, we are sure it will benefit greatly from the experienced and dedicated staff it has retained as a result of careful and pragmatic action now to safeguard jobs.

Yours sincerely,

Preet Kaur Gill
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Edgbaston

Jack Dromey
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Erdington