Union fears 30 job losses at College of West Anglia could be the beginning and not the end

College of West Anglia's Isle Campus in Wisbech.

College of West Anglia's Isle Campus in Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

UNION officials believe more job cuts could follow the loss of 30 already announced for the College of West Anglia.

Daniel Sly, UNISON branch organiser, says “my worry is that the college will without doubt seek to implement more efficiency savings next year.

“And that will inevitably result in further redundancies and cuts- but how can the college cut any more?”

Mr Sly says support staff directly at risk of losing their jobs “will be put under tremendous pressure at the prospect of facing unemployment in this current financial climate. “

He said that support staff 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!”

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Mr Sly thinks that not only the staff but the whole community will suffer.

“There is no doubt that the college is under pressure to make savings but if things carry on the way they have been going something is going to give.

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“The college service is already being cut back with horticulture and furniture making courses deleted. These are the first courses to go but will not be the last.”

He added: “UNISON will be doing everything we possibly can to protect our 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.

“But yet again it is these workers who are being made to suffer at the hands of the Conservative Government while the Bankers and City financiers take their bonuses and pensions and get away with it.”

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