30 March 2011
‘No funding, no future’ says UNISON
Scotland as colleges protest against cuts
No funding – no future’ that’s
the message from UNISON Scotland today as college staff
across the country take to the streets to protest against
Colleges throughout Scotland took part in a day of action
today (Wednesday, March 30) to raise public awareness
of the extent of Government’s cuts to further education.
Scotland’s colleges face a 10.4% cut in their funding
from the Scottish Funding Council, which will have a devastating
impact on staff, students and entire communities.
College bosses have already indicated that this will
lead to a loss of courses, a loss of staff and, in turn,
a loss of educational opportunities for students.
Karen Dawson, chair of UNISON’s further education committee,
said: “These cuts will have a devastating impact on both
colleges and communities and the worst of it is that these
are just the tip of the iceberg.
“These cuts will not only destroy our colleges, it will
steal the future of an entire generation of students.”
Emma Phillips, regional organiser with UNISON, said:
“The Government must rethink its savage cuts or thousands
of Scotland’s students will be left facing a bleak future.
“It is vital that Scotland has an educated and skilled
workforce and to achieve this we need to invest in education,
not cut it.”