Animal Sciences Group directors are not allowed to force staff members to follow a mobility programme helping them find work elsewhere. That is what the local court judge in Lelystad has said in a case brought by the employees' council.
The local court judge passed judgement on 25 August. He 'orders DLO to refrain from actions that lead to the implementation or application of the parts' of a mobility cluster with regard to promotion and dismissal.
The ASG directors accept the judgement. 'We had already decided before the summer holidays to get rid of the mobility cluster', says director Dick Pouwels on the ASG intranet. 'We have decided to make the external supervision as part of a careers programme optional - it is up to the individual employee.'
The works council says the court judgement is also relevant for the legal status of employees in other science groups within Wageningen UR. The Wageningen UR Executive Board has sided with the ASG directors in this case.