Learning and Skills Council staff strike over plans to axe 1,000 jobs

Staff at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) are striking today in a dispute over plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said more than 2,000 of its members were taking industrial against 1,120 proposed redundancies “and the refusal by management to offer a no compulsory redundancy guarantee”.

The union claims that plans by the LSC to axe a third of staff across the LSC’s 47 Sector Skills Councils in England, as well as those at the LSC headquarters in Coventry, could be achieved on a voluntary basis.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said the cuts would undermine the work of the LSC.

“Senior LSC management needs to recognise the anger among staff and start to seriously address key concerns in addition to giving a no compulsory redundancy guarantee,” he said.

The LSC was unavailable for comment.

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