Union predicts council jobs cut numbers
January 17, 2011
A public services trade union is forecasting a “bleak New Year” for council workers and predicting 100 job losses at Reading Borough Council.
The GMB said a total of 87,374 jobs are threatened across the UK at 107 councils.
The union claimed: “These are not town hall pen pushers, but social workers, school dinner ladies and meals on wheels providers, refuse collectors, home helps, youth workers across the range of front line council services that are being decimated.”
Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary for public services, said: “The axe is now falling indiscriminately on people who played no part in causing the deficit but are expected to lose their jobs to pay for it.
“The debt junkies in the banks, hedge funds and private equity houses who caused this recession have been bailed out using £850 billion of taxpayers’ funds while the Government shamefully seeks to pass the blame onto overspending in the public sector.”
Reading Borough Council spokesman Chris Branagan said: “The council’s cabinet will be making some decisions about next year’s budget today.
“Reading Borough Council has a good working relationship with local trades unions and will, if needed, consult with them and members of staff on any posts that may be at risk of redundancy.
“However, until a formal decision is taken about the budget for next year, we cannot comment on the figures suggested by GMB.”
GMB also claims there are 140 jobs under threat at West Berkshire Council and 1,000 at Oxfordshire County Council.