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Talks To Save 3 Leeds Nurseries

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GMB And Leeds City College Agree Talks To Save Three Nurseries Under Threat Of Closure

What is needed is a plan to get nurseries fully used and eliminate the losses and in a city the size of Leeds this challenge should not be impossible says GMB

GMB and Unison have reached agreement with management of Leeds City College to discuss ways of saving three nurseries catering for students under threat of closure. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release of 4th April on the threat to these nurseries.

This was after the unions held a meeting of members and students and Leeds Councillors. They later met with Leeds City College where the agreement was reached to jointly discuss ways of avoiding closure.

Rachel Dix, GMB Regional Organiser, said “This is a step forward and hopefully a step away from closure.

We are determined to generate concrete ideas that will secure both the future of nursery provision delivered by Leeds City College and the jobs currently at risk.

If the proposed closures go ahead, 36 trained nursery staff would lose their jobs and students at the college would struggle to find alternative nurseries for their children.

The college says the nurseries are not being used to full capacity and are running at a loss. What is needed is a plan to get them fully used and eliminate the losses. In a city the size of Leeds this challenge should not be impossible.”

Dean Harper, UNISON Regional Organisers, said “We are pleased about the talks and between us we hope to come up with some plans to increase the number of people using the nurseries.”

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Contact Rachel Dix on 07958156839 or Dean Harper on 07944877800 or GMB press office 07921 289880 

Notes to Editors

Copy of GMB press release dated 4th April

Leeds Union Meeting On Monday 7th April To Step Up Campaign To Keep Open Three Leeds City College Nurseries Facing Closure

College says the nurseries with 36 jobs are not fully used and making losses so test in big city like Leeds is to get these important assets fully used and the losses eliminated says GMB

GMB and UNISON have organized a meeting from 5pm on Monday 7th April Leeds Civic Hall to step up a campaign to shelve proposals by Leeds City College to close three nurseries catering for students with children.

Union members and students who would be affected by closure have been invited to discuss what steps to take next in the fight to save jobs and stop the three nurseries closing.

The unions have written jointly to Peter Roberts, Principal and Chief Executive of Leeds City College to say they will do “whatever is necessary” to support their members’ fight to safeguard their jobs and the service they provide.”

Rachel Dix, GMB Regional Organiser, said “These nurseries are an important asset and the staffs are very experienced and it would be a terrible waste of established nurseries to simply close them.

GMB believe there should be proper, detailed consultation on this issue so that a viable way of running them can be drawn up. At the moment it looks like the management, in isolation, have already decided on closure.

If the plans go ahead, 36 trained nursery staff would lose their jobs and students at the college would struggle to find alternative nurseries for their children.

The College says the nurseries are not being used to full capacity and are running at a loss. What is needed is a plan to get them fully used and eliminate the losses. In a city the size of Leeds this challenge should not be impossible.”

 Dean Harper, UNISON Regional Organiser, said “We argue that there has not been enough proper consultation with ourselves and with the students at Leeds City College who rely on the nurseries to pursue their studies.

Given all the recent coverage of a crisis in nursery provision which has a negative effect on the economy, we feel confident that these nurseries could have a viable future in the city if their spare capacity was made available more widely.”

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