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Protest Over Creche Closure

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dozens turn out to support dedicated nursery staff facing job cuts.

GMB joined parents, students and staff at a protest against the closure of a university crèche.

The University of South Wales have recently announced their intention to withdraw funding to the tune of £142,000 from the Day Nursery & Play Scheme provision at the university campus at Treforest.

University of South Wales management have stated that the planned closure of the crèche will take place in September with 22 staff losing their jobs.

The withdrawal of Nursery funding was announced in addition to the closure of 139 teaching and support staff jobs.

The facility provides childcare to over 100 children from the local community, university staff and students studying at the college.

A closure of this kind will have a serious impact for students who have chosen to study at the Treforest campus because of this vital facility.

Furthermore, the University of South Wales are still advertising the Creche facilities as a means to entice parents to study at the University for prospective students.

Nicola Savage, GMB Organiser, said:

“Some of these dedicated nursery staff have been committed to the centre, children and parents for 25 years.

“The crèche provides vital support for students, some of whom are single parents and some reengaging with education.

“For many, the risk of the centre closing would have a damaging effect on their education and could bring an end to their time at university.

“Closing the onsite play centre would have a significant impact on staff, largely women who are already facing job cuts in administration roles as part of the universities efficiency savings.

“We urge the University to reconsider these ill-judged and unfair cuts.”

ENDS

Contact: Nicola Savage on 07980 753111 or at nicola.savage@gmb.org.uk or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Previous press release:

GMB Protest Against 'Unfair' Nursery Cuts

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Union anger as University of South Wales slashes £142,000 from childcare service.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/protest-nursery-cuts

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