UNIONS have lodged a grievance with bosses at a Glasgow college over the termination of staff and fears over course offerings.

Earlier this week, some workers at Glasgow Kelvin College were issued with letters ending their employment later this month, without any warning.

Representatives from the Educational Institute of Scotland's Further Education Lecturers' Association (EIS-FELA), claim this leaves the college with no plans in place to cover classes in August after the loss of lecturers.

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The move comes as part of a college budgeting and restructuring exercise, aiming to save around £600,000 next year.

Pam Currie, EIS-FELA branch secretary, said: “We recognise the college faces financial challenges.

"The college claims National Bargaining and the lecturers’ pay deal are to blame for their financial difficulties, yet can provide no evidence for this.

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"The branch is in dispute over this and over the treatment of other staff who should have moved to permanent contracts in April."

One member of lecturing staff said the college's actions have eroded all confidence staff have in management.

There are also fears that, with no guarantee staff will reapply for future posts at Kelvin College, some courses could be jeopardised or existing permanent staff left to fill gaps.

He added: "We had no idea this was happening and are now very angry. Nobody trusts what we are told now.

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"They have shot themselves in the foot as they will now need to get brand new staff, who do not know the job, and will need mentored.

"We just feel the way it has been handled is underhanded and cowardly."

In response, Glasgow Kelvin College confirmed they had received a grievance from EIS-FELA, but would not confirm whether the requests of meetings with faculties and affected staff would take place, nor the suggestion that Equality Impact Assessments should take place.

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In a statement, the college added: "This is a challenging time for the entire college sector.

"The proposals, which are currently open to consultation by the staff and unions, have at their heart the continuation of service for our learners and the sincere desire to secure the employment of all permanent staff, thereby avoiding the need for compulsory redundancies.

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"The college understands the concerns of staff and these will be considered as part of the consultation exercise."