UCU members fear 150 job could go

UCU-logoStaff at Lewisham Southwark College are this afternoon protesting outside the college’s Lewisham Way building over plans to cut staffing costs by as much as 25%.

The UCU, which says the plans could result in the loss of 150 jobs, says it is disappointed at the college’s refusal to say exactly what its plans are. It is calling on the college’s management to listen to the union’s proposals to mitigate the impact of any cuts.

The union said the college had to avoid any knee-jerk reactions to financial problems that could seriously damage the college’s ability to deliver quality education for local people.

UCU regional official Una O’Brien said: “We really need the college to start listening to its staff before any serious decisions about the future are made. Any knee-jerk reactions to financial problems risk damaging the reputation of the college, as well as the quality and scope of education for people in the area.

“We want college governors to meet with us and look at alternatives ways out of this crisis than simply sacking key staff. Our local communities desperately need the second chance opportunities that the college can provide.”

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