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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:

UCU urges government to rethink 'over reliance' on Train to Gain

UCU today said it was disappointed that the government, in responding to a key report on 're-skilling' the UK population, had continued its reliance on the employer led Train to Gain programme.

Unions call for urgent action to save college building projects

UCU and UNISON have today (Thursday) called for urgent action from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to save college building projects. The unions have written to the LSC calling for an urgent meeting after reports emerged that 79 colleges in England risk losing large sums of money as a result of delays in funding for building projects. The unions are appealing to the LSC for exact details of which colleges will be affected and the length of any delays.