Seventeen departmental / School motions have so far been passed expressing
concern at the closure of SFCC and asking for other options to be explored.
Despite this, the university management did not demonstrate the essential
closure of the scheme. They refused a slight delay in transferring the
creche to the Co-op in order to look at other options, such as continuing a
managerial role to allow for 'workplace nursery' status. This was
overlooked in favour of compensating staff who are currently using the
scheme and those already signed up to it.
Credit is due to the strong resistence of parents against the initial offer made by the university. Compensation will now be grossed up so as to cover the full extent of the difference between SFCC and the childcare voucher scheme. However this offer only applies to current and signed up parents. It will not apply to future users of the creche, so the higher costs of childcare as a result of outsourcing - and the likely inequality of this move for female members of staff - will be felt by many in years to come.