RGU jobs are the cost of SNP cuts

RGU jobs are the cost of SNP cuts Today’s announcement that RGU is looking to make 100 people redundant over the next few weeks is a direct of result of SNP cuts to higher education, North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said today.

Responding to the news that RGU is looking to cut its staff costs by £4 million, and make additional savings of £2m from operating costs, Lewis Macdonald said:

“The 100 people that lose their jobs at RGU will be paying the price of decisions taken in the Scottish Parliament this week.

“SNP MSPs voted through the Scottish Government budget, despite warnings from Labour and from trade unions that it would cost thousands of jobs across Scotland.

“Higher education is facing grant cuts in the current academic year of over 3%, and the four universities worst affected are Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and RGU, all facing cuts of 3.9%.

“In the case of RGU, the Scottish government grant for 2016/17 is set to fall by £1.43m. If this reduced level of funding was to be maintained in ensuing years, this would mean a cut of £5.7m by 2020.

“That money has to come from somewhere, and in this case most of it is to come from cutting people’s jobs.

"At a time when Aberdeen is struggling with the impact of the oil and gas downturn, more job losses as a result of Scottish Government cuts is the worst possible news for this city and region”.

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