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NHS training budget cull leaves 500 staff at risk as higher education fears jobs meltdown

Lecturers balloted for industrial action as employers refuse to discuss job protection agreement

Five hundred jobs in healthcare training are at risk due to budget cuts and they represent the thin end of the wedge when it comes to higher education job cuts across the sector, UCU has warned. Over 400 academic posts in nursing and midwifery are in danger, along with a further 100 in areas like radiography, physiotherapy and speech therapy, after ministers said they wanted to reduce the agreed level of funding for healthcare education by 9%.

UCU pledges to fight Cardiff University job cuts

UCU has vowed to fight plans for 140 redundancies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University. The union said the university could not hide behind claims that implementing a nationally agreed pay deal would result in axing staff.

UCU announced yesterday (23 April) that it is balloting members across the UK over job cuts. The union said that the employers' refusal to act as the crisis over jobs deteriorated had forced it to ballot for industrial action.
 

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Universities to be hit with industrial action unless urgent action on job cuts is agreed

UCU has warned that higher education could be brought to a standstill as the union announced that it is balloting its members in higher education over job cuts across the sector.

The union said the employers' refusal to act as the crisis over jobs deteriorated had forced it to ballot for industrial action.

UCU says proper support needed if government wants to deliver on budget promises

UCU today welcomed increased investment in further education in the budget. However, the union said the government needed to recognise that quality training to even more students could not be delivered without proper investment in staff and buildings.

It also expressed concerns that the Chancellor did not take the opportunity to offer more for the higher education sector, which the union said will also play a crucial role in helping the country and individuals through the tough economic climate.

Key budget announcements for further education: