Union chiefs: job cuts "not a very nice new year present"

County council leader Adrian Hardman

County council leader Adrian Hardman

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

UNION chiefs in Worcestershire have hit out at more county council job cuts - saying it is “not a very nice new year present.”

Steve Brown, from the county’s Unison branch, said staff at the authority would be fearing the worst.

As the Worcester News reported yesterday, another 650 posts are expected to be cut by 2017, on top of the 857 previously announced.

The county council is looking to save at least £20 million from spending every year to 2017, and wants to hand over as many services as possible to outside providers.

Mr Brown said: “When the council first announced the 850 odd job losses a few years ago we said at the time, we feared it would rise.

“What you are now looking at is a total of 1,500 across the piece, which is very bad news.

“We know many jobs that go vacant are not being filled and when that happens it increases the pressure on those who stay.

“It’s not a very nice new year present to staff.”

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, has said the move will be “difficult for the council and difficult for staff”.

He is hoping once services are commissioned out, new providers take on existing council staff to avoid the need for large numbers to end up on the dole.

The findings, contained in the council’s new Corporate Plan, also says the jobs left behind in-house will be higher quality and more focused on managing services rather than providing them, which will increase the average County Hall wage.

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4:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Landy44 says...

You're either part of the problem or part of the solution.

The unions are part of the problems that are economically killing this country.
You're either part of the problem or part of the solution. The unions are part of the problems that are economically killing this country. Landy44
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1:55pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

You cannot blame the unions for this slash and burn policy at County Hall. With the previous 850 cuts / sackings announced with this further 650 + 1500 jobs to go, which is about a Third of the workforce. And as a regular attending important meetings for Older Peoples services I can assure you that the only way INCLUDING being Commissioners only (WHICH IS PRIVATISATION USING ANOTHER NAME) is for CUTS in services. Since you can bet that any service that is OUTSOURCED to a PRIVATE COMPANY will have to generate a PROFIT. and if you are getting keener prices paid by the COMMISSIONERS then you can only pay LESS / LOWER wages or give LESS SERVICES.
We have seen this with Care in The Home services, whereby Hourly visits have been gradually reduced to 15 minute visits, resulting in LESS CARE.
You cannot blame the unions for this slash and burn policy at County Hall. With the previous 850 cuts / sackings announced with this further 650 + 1500 jobs to go, which is about a Third of the workforce. And as a regular attending important meetings for Older Peoples services I can assure you that the only way INCLUDING being Commissioners only (WHICH IS PRIVATISATION USING ANOTHER NAME) is for CUTS in services. Since you can bet that any service that is OUTSOURCED to a PRIVATE COMPANY will have to generate a PROFIT. and if you are getting keener prices paid by the COMMISSIONERS then you can only pay LESS / LOWER wages or give LESS SERVICES. We have seen this with Care in The Home services, whereby Hourly visits have been gradually reduced to 15 minute visits, resulting in LESS CARE. Jabbadad
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1:57pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

Should read 850 + 650 = 1500 jobs.
Should read 850 + 650 = 1500 jobs. Jabbadad
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