Coleg Gwent staff facing redundancy threat
5:44pm Tuesday 27th May 2014 in News
STAFF at Coleg Gwent could be facing redundancy, as the college feel the impact of Welsh Government funding cuts.
As the college is forced to find savings of almost £4 million, it has announced it is in consultation over the “possible removal” of 31 posts.
Roy McCabe of the University and College Union, said: “We are still in consultation until June 10. We are still very hopeful that as a lecturing union, we’re not going to end up with any compulsory redundancies.
“The biggest problem is with support staff. There is the potential for 28 redundancies in that group of staff. They are cutting back quite considerably on the money they give to the local community education centres.”
It is unclear what impact this would have on those working at these centres. Mr McCabe also said there were concerns about the college having reduced opening hours in the evenings. Coleg Gwent were unable to comment on this.
He said: “There are going to be a lot of changes next year on the college. It’s not just going to affect the staff, but the people of Gwent, as they find the courses aren’t on offer anymore.”
A spokeswoman for Coleg Gwent, said: “The Welsh Government has significantly reduced levels of funding for the FE sector and for Coleg Gwent for 14/15.”
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