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Strike action over job losses at K College sites in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford has not been ruled out

14 July 2014
by Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas

Possible strike action in a row over job losses at K College has not been ruled out.

The University and College Union has not dismissed the possibility of action over losses of 127 jobs at the Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford sites.  

Around one in six of the total staff at the three sites, are at risk of losing their position under college plans to try and save £2.4m in staff costs. 

K College

K College

The union said delays in addressing the financial problems earlier is the reason that so many redundancies are now threatened.

UCU said a botched competitive tendering process during 2013, combined with delays by the Hadlow College Group to finalise its position once it won the bid, had increased the number of proposed job cuts.

The union has called on K College senior management to rule out any compulsory redundancies and to extend the formal consultation process until staff are back in the autumn term.

K College has campuses across Kent, including Tonbridge

K College has campuses across Kent, including Tonbridge

UCU warned that its members had not ruled out industrial action if the college refuses to consult properly or forces compulsory job losses.

UCU regional official, Michael Moran, said: “We are extremely concerned about the pace and scale of the job losses at K College.

"We cannot rule out strike action and hope the college will extend the consultation process so all staff can play a meaningful role in it” - Michael Moran

"Unlike the previous redundancies, these 127 jobs are expected to come in just one round of redundancies and affect just three sites - Ashford, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. 

“We have big issues with the way the process has been managed. We have scores of potential job losses to deal with and are currently discussing all options available to us with members on how to handle the situation.

"We cannot rule out strike action and hope the college will extend the consultation process so all staff can play a meaningful role in it."

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