Back the fight at Grimsby Institute

4 June 2013
Grimsby Institute management are attempting to axe one in five of its teaching staff and rip up workload agreements, slash staff pay and ride roughshod over employment rights.

In 2011/12 Grimsby spent just 52.1% of its budget on staffing compared to the national average for FE of 61.5%. In 2011/12 (the latest accounts available) it made a surplus of £3.7m and as of 31/7/12 it held reserves of £19.6m.
Yet it made a signifcant number redundant in 2012 and has now come back for even more.
The UCU branch has declared a dispute and is balloting for strike action. The ballot closes on 14th June.
Rush messages of support to:
 Eamonn Griffin: griffine@grimsby.ac.uk
Ian  Rodwell : rodwellis@grimsby.ac.uk

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6 comments

  1. Lara Chaplin said:

    Shocking place to work rife with bullying and breaking employment law good luck

    4 June 2013 at 9:32pm
  2. Adam Almasri said:

    This is disgusting news! Cutting education and privatising prisons is sending this world in a downward spiral! We need to spend more on education and assist those who actually deliver it. The institute needs to stop spending ridiculous amounts on things that dont serve education or students.
    Vive la Revolution!

    4 June 2013 at 10:12pm
  3. James pawson said:

    At the same time you are promoting careers and starting them whilst ending careers when you don’t really need to, you wonder why the economy is flatlining?!?

    4 June 2013 at 10:59pm
  4. James Howes said:

    Morale seemed sapped among the staff when I was there towards the end and the Institute is becoming less appealing to prospective students. It needs to offer choice! Click Postgraduate on the website and you will see that the Institute only offers ONE Masters level qualification.

    Part-time courses very rarely fit around the working person too. Instead of making redundancies why not spend a bit more on staff so that expenditure is more in line with comparable providers?

    If the Institute falls apart so too do the lives of all the staff and the potential futures of many residents in the town.

    5 June 2013 at 9:14am
  5. Mike Lowry said:

    Check out all of the freedom of information requests they have refused recently at http://whatdotheyknow.com asbestos issues, staff using facilities for free and loads more.
    What a place !!

    7 June 2013 at 9:50pm
  6. Mike Lowry said:

    They used to make around £7m profit a year before this principal took over and closed the profit making areas. They used to have a travel agency which trained tourism students and arranged all staff and student travel. They closed it, and started paying a travel consultancy to do it instead. When they realised how much more it was costing, they had to employ a travel buyer ! They dont have a clue. The finance director isn’t even a qualified accountant !!!

    7 June 2013 at 9:54pm

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