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Up to 100 jobs could go at college, claims union

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

Burton and South Derbyshire College

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AS many as 100 jobs could be lost at Burton and South Derbyshire College, union bosses have claimed.

The Mail revealed yesterday that staff across 13 departments at the college’s campuses in Burton and Swadlincote had been told their roles were at risk following a cut in funding of more than £2 million from the Government.

Unison has now said it has been told that up to 100 people could be laid off to make up for the huge losses.

The union has rounded on the Government over the decision to slash the college’s funding, accusing it of throwing staff ‘on the scrap heap’.

It comes just nine months after 33 roles were axed at the college.

Regional officer Claire Breeze said the cuts could have a knock-on effect on children’s education.

The college has not confirmed how many jobs may be lost and said as consultations with staff are ongoing, ‘outcomes cannot be pre-empted’.

It has told staff, however, that it is ready to listen to offers for voluntary redundancy. Bosses said they would not be commenting further at present.

Ms Breeze said: “Sadly the staffing cuts at the college are a direct consequence of yet more Tory cuts impacting upon our young people’s education and future opportunities. Many hardworking, dedicated and well-trained college staff will be thrown on the scrap heap, all in the name of austerity.”

Kevin Lees, who represents the college for Unison, said: “It’s been 12 months since the last redundancies were made at Burton and South Derbyshire Community College.

“Since then staff have worked extremely hard to achieve targets under difficult circumstances and are now faced with this dilemma which adds further pressure upon them.”

Departments facing potential redundancy at the sites, in Lichfield Street, Burton, and William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, include teaching, customer experience, learner services, marketing, human resources and estates.

A college spokesman told the Mail yesterday: “It is regrettable that colleges across the further education sector are experiencing such significant reductions in funding. Reductions of this size leave us with no option but to enter into consultation.”

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