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Cuts at Bradford college will hit the city’s poorest

by Laura Miles and Geraint Evans
Issue No. 2196

Bradford College in Yorkshire is pushing ahead with job cuts.

It is proposing 27 compulsory teacher redundancies in addition to the 33 voluntary redundancies already agreed.

These are a result of the college’s decision to pursue a profit and create a budget surplus.

Another 35 support staff at the college are also under threat.

Hardest hit will be those staff teaching English, Counselling, Key Skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) and their students.

Last year over 8,000 students studied English at Bradford College.

Staff and students are concerned that the college’s role in helping the people of Bradford to escape unemployment and poverty is threatened by the decision to sack teachers.

Some 14,000 Bradford residents are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Further, 13.4 percent of Bradford’s workforce, as opposed to 11.8 percent for England as a whole, are in the least skilled jobs.

Cutting opportunities to gain qualifications will cut employment prospects for both these groups and will have far-reaching consequences for Bradford.

Staff and students have set up an anti-cuts campaign and the UCU union will be balloting for strikes as soon as possible.


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Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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