Duty to expose fraud restated;FE Focus;Conference;National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education

29th May 1998 at 01:00
Francis Beckett reports from the conference of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education

THE conference condemned Cricklade College management for attempting to make redundant three lecturers in the business studies section, one being Andrew Murray, NATFHE southern region secretary.

The Hampshire college is one of several being investigated by the South Wales Fraud squad.

Investigations centre on the use of European Social Fund money and the relationship with a private south Wales company called Extras Ltd, which has training centres in Gosport, Coventry and Plymouth.

The union was told that by early May it was clear that three out of six full-time business studies lecturers would be made redundant and from job descriptions issued it seemed clear that Mr Murray was going to be one of them.

"The specifications were written in such a way that you could put names to them" said Mr Jardine, the union's representative. The college says the union claims are entirely without foundation.

Next month the FEFC report is expected, but so far there is no date for a decision on the redundancies.

Meanwhile the conference delegates insisted that "all branches and regions have a duty to expose mismanagement and fraud in the running and governance of their institutions" It added that it would not tolerate "victimisation of whistle-blowers."

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