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Dispute at Hull College over redundancies

8 September 2016 | last updated: 7 February 2017

UCU members at Hull College have today announced an official dispute following the college's plans to make over 100 redundancies. The news comes on top of recent rounds of job losses that have seen 385 jobs go since 2011.

The college's plans will result in up to 60 lecturers losing their jobs and see all three college nurseries closes. The union said the plans have made a mockery of the college's promise after the last round of redundancies that there would not be the need for further job losses in the near future.

At a packed meeting, UCU members voted to prepare for an industrial action ballot and raised serious concerns about the strategic leadership of the college, the short time frame allowed for consultation and the loss of jobs and courses.

UCU said it would ballot its members as soon as possible because of the college's incredibly tight time frame for the consultation process, which it wants to end in October.

UCU regional official, Julie Kelley, said: 'This is a devastating blow for everyone at the college. Almost 400 jobs have already gone in the last five years and it is ludicrous of the college to think that more front-line cuts will do anything other than further diminish the student experience.

'We will be seeking to ballot members for industrial action as soon as we can because of the college's tight timeframe for consultation.'