UNISON concerned over closure of nursery at Tiverton’s PETROC college

UNISON, the UK largest public sector union, has today expressed concern regarding the announced closure of the Kingfisher Nursery at PETROC College in Tiverton, with a loss of 14 local jobs.

The College, which has historically pursued an ethos based on serving the students and local families, has not even notified stakeholders of its intention to close the service.

UNISON Devon County Branch Secretary, Steve Ryles, said: “A lack of a nursery will be a barrier to learning for students who need to have access. The nursery has a good reputation locally and our members will struggle to find jobs elsewhere in the local area.”

“UNISON has requested evidence of a financial case for closure. The College has yet to respond but cannot justify closure on cost grounds in our view.”

UNISON will be campaigning against the closure and asks the local community to send messages of support to Sue Lewry and Paul Petrides – North Devon Campus, Old Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2BQ.

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Notes to Editors

UNISON Devon County Branch is the biggest branch in the South West. UNISON looks after the interests of its members by negotiating on their behalf about: pay, pensions, leave, equal opportunities, health and safety and much more.  UNISON is Britain and Europe’s biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members.

For interviews, please contact: Rachel Price, Communications Officer or Steve Ryles, Branch Secretary at UNISON Devon County Branch on: 01392 382530

UNISON (National News Release) – Tel: 0845 355 0845