JOB CUTS to meet a £2.83m “funding challenge” at Leeds City College have been deemed a “terrible blow” by a teaching union.
The College has began a consultation with staff over plans that will see 40 full-time equivalent posts lost.
The University and College Union (UCU) said that 293 members of staff will be affected by the changes, which include creating 176 new full-time equivalent roles, and warns some face being forced to take a pay cut.
The majority of cuts will be in non-teaching areas of the college, but it said it was refining “a small number” of curriculum posts in under-recruited courses. It said the cuts were necessary to save £2.83m lost in Government funding.
The UCU said the new cuts come on top of 66 teaching roles that have already been lost this year due to cutbacks.
It claims that staff who survive the cull will be on worse terms and conditions and forced to take a pay cut - though the College said some would be on enhanced packages.
UCU representative John Giddins, said: “This is another terrible blow to the hard-working staff at Leeds City College. This is the fourth year in a row that the college has cut jobs and educational opportunities in Leeds. This latest round of cuts reveals the true extent of the damage being wreaked on colleges by government cuts.
“The so-called new posts the college wants to create to avoid redundancies will in reality be a pay cut for people forced to apply for a job that is very similar to their existing role.”
A statement from the college added: “It is hoped that job losses will be mitigated through offering voluntary redundancy to those affected, ensuring redeployment opportunities are maximised, and implementing a managed vacancy freeze as the default position.” -