SUPPORT staff at Darlington College in England’s northeast are demanding fresh talks with bosses over “unacceptable” cuts which they say will cause redundancies and pay reductions.
Public service union Unison says college management is cutting costs by axing support staff jobs and is demanding others accept term-time-only pay to offset a financial deficit. Support staff have also been subjected to a pay freeze.
Unison says that the wages of highly paid senior managers at the college are being protected, leaving low-paid college support staff to shoulder the burden of cuts.
The union says staff face “significant financial hardship” and has written to college principal Kate Roe calling for talks.
Unison Northern regional secretary Clare Williams said: “We are calling on the college’s chair of governors to reopen negotiations. It seems unjustifiable that support staff are shouldering the majority of the burden of the cuts while senior executives suffer none.”