UNISON urges Nicola Sturgeon to intervene on redundancies with catering staff at Glasgow Kelvin College

UNISON demands Nicola Sturgeon uphold promise of no compulsory redundancies at Glasgow Kelvin College

UNISON is calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to uphold the Scottish Government promise that there would be no compulsory redundancies in Further Education sector because of the College Regionalisation programme. Thirteen catering staff at Glasgow Kelvin College are under threat of compulsory redundancy.

Mandy McDowall, UNISON regional organiser for further education said:

“The First Minister must intervene as a matter of urgency.

“We were informed by the Scottish Government at the beginning of the college regionalisation process there would be no requirement for compulsory redundancies within the Further Education sector, and this commitment must be honoured.”

Mandy McDowall also said:
“Senior managers and college principals paid themselves eye watering final voluntary severance payments, costing the college almost £700,000.

“Here we have thirteen low paid loyal workers, facing compulsory redundancy, who have 135 years of public service between them who will receive the bare minimum statutory redundancy pay.

“Staff were promised that there would be no compulsory redundancy at all.

“The Scottish Government must stick to its word and treat UNISON members with dignity and respect.

“Paying off these 13 loyal staff would not be as expensive as paying off one college principal.”

UNISON has also written to Mr. Lawrence Howells, Chief Executive of Scottish Funding Council, to register concerns.

Source: UNISON Scotland