Sheffield College bosses attack union strike ballot verdict

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Sheffield College bosses say they are ‘disappointed’ that lecturers are planning strike action over job cuts - as they say compulsory redundancies will be far fewer than first expected.

Chief Executive Heather MacDonald said a maximum of 15 posts would be lost, rather than the 75 first predicted.

This was because some staff were opting for voluntary redundancy, others were reducing their hours, while others were taking on different duties, she said.

“We have ensured that strong support remains in place for students with special educational needs where job roles of staff who support those learners are changing in light of national policy developments,” Mrs MacDonald daid.

“We have consulted with the trades unions throughout this process and are disappointed with the decision of 120 University and College Union members, from the 330 balloted, to support industrial action given the impact that will have on our students.”

Lecturers are to meet this week to decide what kind of industrial action they will take, with over 80 per cent in favour of a strike.

The college says it has to restructure due to a £4 million cut in Government funding over the next two years.