26 January 2012
119 education professionals facing redundancy
More than one hundred professionals in the education sector in the north of England may require expert redundancy advice in the near future, it has emerged.
Some 119 members of staff at schools in the Blackburn and Darwen region are set to lose their jobs after being forced to start a 90-day consultation period, despite the fact they had previously been informed their positions were safe.
Employees at Crosshill School, Fernhurst and the Beardwood Humanities College have been informed about the plans of the local council, which, it stated, are necessary under its Building Schools for the Future scheme.
However, when this initiative was agreed four years ago, professionals were informed it would not involve any "large-scale redundancies".
As such, Simon Jones - an official from the National Union of Teachers, a body originally set up in 1870 - labelled this round of job losses "quite disgraceful".
"Staff are understandably very angry to be facing compulsory redundancy later this year," he added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney