STUNNED staff at the borough’s biggest college have been rocked by the revelation that 70 jobs could be axed to plug a £2 million budget shortfall.
Employees were told of the looming redundancies at emergency meetings at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology’s town centre and Dinnington campuses on Wednesday.
Union representatives described the news as a bolt from the blue and vowed to seek immediate negotiations.
The shock news capped a desperate week for education in the borough as Thomas Rotherham College announced the end of its adult learning service, Rawmarsh Comprehensive staff went on strike again and MPs voted to scrap cash boosts for poor students.
Rotherham’s branch of the University and College Union has more than 130 members employed across both RCAT campuses.
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