UCOL protests 'devastating' cuts

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 14:14 22/11/2012

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UCOL staff and students are protesting job and course cuts at the polytechnic's Palmerston North campus today.

Palmerston North city leaders, MP Iain lees-Galloway and Mayor Jono Naylor have spoken in support of a gathering of about 100 protesters rallied by the Tertiary Education Union this afternoon.

Staff yesterday got confirmation 32 jobs would be cut, after the polytech lost out on a slice of contestable tertiary education commission funding.

But some courses on the chopping block including the foundation level tertiary skills course would be retained.

It was originally proposed up to 50 jobs would be cut affecting 19 courses and up to 500 student places for 2013 at the Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa campuses.

Affected staff at the protest today said they were "devastated" to receive confirmation their jobs were to go.

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- Manawatu Standard

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