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PERTH COLLEGE CONSIDERING COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has expressed her concern at the possibility that Perth College may be considering compulsory redundancies as they undergo a restructuring process.  

She said:

“Having read the Restructuring Proposals that Perth College has put out for consultation, I am very concerned that the prospect of compulsory redundancies appears to be very much on the table.

“There is reference in the paper to the possible challenges that Brexit will pose to future attempts to attract overseas students and I do not doubt that this is part of the problem but an amber warning about financial sustainability was issued in the Audit Scotland report of December 2018.

"So we have known for some time that Perth College needed to cut costs and increase income but up until now it had been assumed that any job losses would be managed through non-filling of vacant posts.  

“This proposal really puts the cat among the pigeons with discussion of Severance Agreements for voluntary redundancies and an explicit refusal to rule out compulsory redundancies.  Particularly concerning is the explicit statement that there is no intention to pay anything more than statutory redundancy pay to any staff that are forced out the door.

“I know that UNISON are very disturbed by this revelation, and rightly so.  At the very least I urge the management of Perth College to reassess their priorities and firmly rule out any question of compulsory redundancies.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design