Cambridge Regional College staff held a rally to defend jobs and education. The rally was arranged by the UCU and addressed by local MP Daniel Zeichner.
Cambridge Regional College has faced budget cuts and is going through a “business review process” to reduce its costs and increase its income by £4.1 million. The union say the current review will result in around 40 staff losing their jobs.
This latest move comes after three previous years of restructuring and cuts at the college.
At the rally Daniel Zeichner said:
“Cambridge Regional College student and staff are at the sharp end and are bearing the brunt of Government cuts and re-organisations.
You cannot build a 21st Century economy with falling investment in education. You cannot run a thriving further education college on a shoe string. You cannot expect staff to pick up the slack when the Government systemically underfunds a sector.
At a time when we rightly want all young people to stay in education until 18 years old, we need to be scaling up resources and opportunities, not cutting back.”