Union slams college cuts

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Union officials have warned that the College of West Anglia cannot support any more redundancies after the latest round of job losses.

UNISON branch organiser Daniel Sly expressed his disappointment at the recent announcement of 30 job losses at the college.

He stated: “These job losses will have a real and heavy impact on the wellbeing of support staff at the college. Those support staff who are directly at risk of losing their jobs will be put under tremendous pressure at the prospect of facing unemployment in this current financial climate.

“Those who are not directly affected but who are already overworked will now face increasing workloads and more workplace stress.

“College principal Mr Pomfret himself acknowledges that the college is already a lean and efficient organisation and this is true, especially after three years of restructures and cuts. My worry is that the college will without doubt seek to implement more efficiency savings next year which will inevitably result in further redundancies and cuts - but how can the college cut anymore?

“Support staff who are UNISON members are already overworked and underpaid and the prospect of bigger workloads in September followed by possible further redundancies next year is nothing to look forward to.”

Mr Sly believes that “something is going to give” if things carry on and local residents could experience access issues when car parking charges are brought in.

He said UNISON will be doing everything it can to protect its members.

“These are very stressful times for cleaners, catering staff, security and facilities staff, administrators, technicians and other support staff roles. These workers are the life blood of FE establishments doing hard work behind the scenes because they care and enjoy what they do.”