Students and teachers have hit out at news that more than 200 educational staff across Belfast will lose their jobs in a college restructuring plan.
The job cuts at Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) have been met with anger, with lecturers said to be “furious” and “shocked” that the plan is going ahead.
The announcement came just a day after hundreds of protesters turned out to show their opposition to the proposed redundancies.
Up to 120 full-time permanent staff and 93 part-time temporary employees will be dismissed in a bid to reduce a £2.7m budget deficit at the college.
Marie-Thérèse McGivern, |director and chief executive of BMC, said the redundancies were “regrettable but necessary”.
Opponents have claimed that the total number of redundancies at BMC is nearer 450 and say management have refused to listen to their concerns.
The unions involved are now officially in dispute with the college and have planned a ballot for industrial action at the end of the month after meeting with the college’s governing body on Monday.