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Union’s anger at ‘uncertain’ cuts

UNIONS have written to every Solihull councillor, voicing concern about “savage cuts” to services.

UNIONS have written to every Solihull councillor, voicing concern about “savage cuts” to services.

Jolyon Jones, branch secretary for UNISON, said there was a lot of uncertainty among council workers.

“What’s really cruel about this situation is that we’ve known the cuts are coming for months,” he told the Solihull News.

“But it’s only now that we’re finally getting an idea about what they will mean.

“I think the uncertainty is what’s really worrying our members at the moment.”

UNISON - which has 1,200 members in the borough - has joined forces with other trade unions to lobby the local authority.

Before Christmas, councillors were due to turn-out at a seminar to discuss budget cuts but it was cancelled by the bad weather.

Discussions have been rearranged for the New Year and unions has urged the council not to introduce compulsory redundancies.

“Cuts to the public sector will have an impact on the wider economy,” warned Mr Jones.

Leader of Solihull Council, Ian Hedley, confirmed there were no plans for a council-wide redundancy programme.

“We will do everything we can to ensure job cuts are a last resort,” he told cabinet members this month.

Conservative leader, Coun Ken Meeson, said that the council had a good record for protecting its staff.

“We were quite open with staff last year - we said we didn’t want to go down the road of redundancies,” he said.

“But we said we needed their help to reduce staff costs and find more flexible ways of working.”

 

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