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Anger over college staff job cuts

Forth Valley College
About 20,000 students attend Forth Valley College

Staff at Forth Valley College have reacted with anger after employers announced a round of job cuts in the first week of the summer break.

It is understood support workers will bear the brunt of the cuts which bosses said were needed to reduce costs.

The college said the announcement would affect 12 posts.

Staff are also angered that they will be offered the minimum statutory redundancy package, regardless of their length of service.

A spokesperson for trade union Unison said: "This announcement has been met with widespread anger.

"Unison cannot accept compulsory redundancies and we intend to fight this.

"Mass meetings will be held on all campuses on Wednesday in order to formulate a response."

In a statement, Forth Valley College said there would be opportunities for some of the affected staff to be redeployed or retrained in other departments.

'Completely unaware'

The statement added: "The college is currently consulting staff on proposed changes to college structures and has indicated that 12 posts may be removed from the structure, this equates to 1.7% of the 704 staff employed.

"The college reviews its structures and staffing levels on a regular basis in order to meet the changing requirements of learners, employers and communities.

"Like many other organisations in the public sector it must manage its resources responsibly at a time of financial constraint."

A worker who contacted the BBC Scotland news website and who did not want to be named, said the cuts could affect nearly 20 workers.

They said: "Staff are angry that the announcement was timed when most of the lecturing staff would be out of college.

"Some were called at home because it's the holidays, others were told in their offices and sent home because they were so upset.

"It's a terrible atmosphere for people in the college. Staff were completely unaware that redundancies were being considered."

Forth Valley College currently has more than 20,000 students and 700 staff, and offers about 750 courses at campuses in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

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