Date: 23 January 2009
170 jobs to go in Stirling as budget overspend looms
UNISON, the union representing Stirling's council workers today
condemned Stirling Council for issuing a notice that they intend
to make 170 council workers redundant in order to avoid a threatened
James Douglas, UNISON Stirling Branch Secretary said: "Without
any consultation and without any attempt to discuss alternative
methods of saving money, the council has sent us notification
that up to 170 jobs are to be made redundant. This is the first
real information that we have had and has come as a huge shock.
"This will spark anger amongst the workforce, particularly as
the SNP administration previously said that they wanted to work
with the Unions to make efficiency savings. Obviously this promise
has been torn up very quickly.
"These redundancies will impact on a wide range of staff including
low paid clerical staff. While we only have the basic figures,
and have no idea yet where these jobs are to be cut, it is clear
that this number of jobs will not be lost without the loss of
UNISON are also angry that the council has been using a firm
of consultants - KPMG - to come up with these redundancies at
a cost of up to £1m.
Mr Douglas said "The contract that KPMG are working under, means
that the more savings they make the more money they make. It is
also interesting that - though their own company is in trouble
- they aren't making their own staff redundant , recognising that
redundancy can be seen as a quick fix, but can lead to problems
in the long term."
UNISON will be seeking an early meeting with the Council to put
its view on the proposed job losses. Once they have more detailed
information on the redundancies they will be consulting with the
"Industrial action cannot be ruled out." Said Mr Douglas.
For Further Information Please Contact: James Douglas
- Stirling Branch Secretary - 01786 44 3440(t) 07826903559(m)
John Fair - Regional Organiser - 07958 122 409 (m)