EIS- FELA is concerned about the imposition of compulsory redundancies at Argyll College.

There have been two compulsory redundancy consultations ongoing at Argyll College since September. Both members are hairdressing lecturers at the Rothesay campus. The College reason for redundancy is that the course is not financially viable.

One reason given was the student numbers had dropped, whilst another was the cost of signing up to national bargaining. The course was full for 2020-21 session as there could only be limited student numbers due to social distancing restrictions in the salon in Rothesay.

Over the past few years, we have seen all but one of the hairdressing course facilities shut despite its long running success. This would be the final SVQ in hairdressing to be cut from the College’s prospectus. There is growing concern as to why these vocational courses have been removed from the college portfolio, given their many years of success. Furthermore, many believe these vocational opportunities will be vital to economic recovery post-COVID. These compulsory redundancies are in contravention of the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy. We do not believe that they are fair redundancies.