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College braces itself for job cuts 29.09.10

THE North West Regional College in Derry yesterday said it will lobby all its stakeholders in a bid to prevent the loss of up to 70 lecturing and other posts.
The college, which employs a number of teaching staff from Inishowen, is bracing itself for a round of severe public service funding cuts.
College management has informed staff that redundancies may occur as a result of these cuts.
”This issue was discussed by management and college staff during a recent general staff meeting at the college. The actual number of redundancies is not yet known," said the college, in a statement.
"During the discussions, staff and management at the college voiced their intentions to do everything in their power to minimise these redundancies, and provide every possible assistance to staff that may be affected.
"The college also believes that any staff redundancies resulting from proposed budgetary cuts would have a huge impact on the entire region, and intends
North West Regional College
to lobby for support amongst all of its stakeholders,” added the statement.
The NWRC delivers courses at nine locations throughout Derry, Strabane and Limavady.
Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Maeve McLaughlin said the development was "extremely concerning".
"To lose so many teaching staff would be a devastating blow to the college and the staff involved. It would also have a huge impact on the region as a whole, taking a significant amount of disposable income out of the local economy."
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