UEA has terminated some of its workers’ contracts because of disruption caused by coronavirus. In a letter from the university, workers were told “it is not possible to continue your employment as it has been determined that there is insufficient business.”

The workers had been furloughed since the beginning of the UK lockdown under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme was set up to help protect almost 7.5 million workers and close to 1 million businesses. Furloughed workers will receive 80% of their salary from the government. In May the Government said furlough will be extended until at least the end of October.

The termination of the UEA workers’ contracts came days after the initial contact to furlough the workers. However, their contracts were originally set to end in April.

A UEA spokeswoman said: “The staff were furloughed for the period while they were employees but it is not possible to make use of the Government scheme beyond the contracted employment period.”

The news comes after Uea(su) took the decision to furlough 53 career staff members and approximately 600 student staff members.

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