Thanks to everyone who signed and supported this campaign. The petition was able to achieve a meeting between the Hull College Governors and the recognised trades unions for the first time ever, and we have further meetings organised to try to resolve some of the issues highlighted. Management have committed to no compulsory redundancies for UCU members at Hull College in the current academic year, and the campaign to save the nurseries continues.
On 25th August 2016 Hull College management issued a notice that threatened over 120 posts at the College with redundancy. Redundancy has become a fact of life at Hull College, with a total of 385 job losses across the group since 2011, and a total of £2,747,454.15 paid out in redundancy payments as a result. The consequence of this is that staff are suffering from increased workload and stress, and many students are not able to follow their first choice of course and are moving to other providers. If students stay they are being offered alternatives that do not always match with their aspirations or are being mixed with students not studying at the same level. The College management have also decided to close nursery provision across all sites. This is an attack on our most vulnerable students, and hardworking staff who have no choice but to work to support their families.
This is the sixth year in a row that management have announced job losses at Hull College. Staff at the College believe that the redundancies are short sighted and that profit is being put first. They are a result of years of mismanagement and entrepreneurial failures. They are not in the interests of students, staff or the people of Hull. The continuing job insecurity, threats to people’s livelihoods and erosion of educational opportunities for the people of Hull caused by this yearly cycle of redundancies cannot continue. Yet again hardworking and dedicated staff are subject to an annual cull due to significant financial shortfalls caused by mismanagement. College management are running what was once a great college into the ground. This is an attack on education, staff, students, and the people of Hull. We are in a race to the bottom, and it has to stop!
We, the undersigned, call on the Governing Body of Hull College to take urgent and immediate action to stop yearly redundancies at Hull College.
We remind them that Hull College is a charitable trust and call on them to recognise that Hull College is therefore a public benefit for the people of Hull and should be run as such, and not with profit as the first consideration.
The Save Hull College for the people of Hull petition to Hull College Board of Governors was written by UCU Hull College Branch and is in the category Education at GoPetition.