Fresh blow as council announces further job losses

A NORTH-EAST council is to cut up to 80 jobs due to financial pressures.

Redcar and Cleveland Council has already started a formal consultation with unions as a consequence of the need to make further cuts to their budgets.

Eve Cole, Branch Secretary of Redcar and Cleveland Unison said: "Our members both work for the community and contribute economically to the community and job losses on this scale will have a real damaging impact on the area.

"This is a devastating blow to an already overstretched workforce and comes off the back of approximately over 300 jobs lost to the organisation in the first round of cuts.

"As always the union is committed to work with the Council in order to mitigate losses and avoid compulsory redundancies.

"However, the requirement to make further cuts is evidence that the Government's attack on the public sector as a result of their Comprehensive Spending Review is continuing. "These cuts to services will have a huge impact on how public services will be delivered and it is important that the public is made aware that public sector workers are not responsible for the inevitable consequences of these government imposed cuts."

Councillor George Dunning, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We have already launched what will be an extensive consultation process with employees and the trade unions.

“Up to 80 jobs are likely to be affected and we are exploring all possible options with regards to these, including the potential for people to take early retirement or voluntary redundancy, or be redeployed to other roles.

“The welfare of our staff and our ability to provide vital frontline services to our communities remains of paramount importance. A wide range of support will be available to employees – both those directly affected and their colleagues.

“We have a strong track record in Redcar and Cleveland of offering support to people in difficult economic times, having been through the mothballing of the steelworks last year and making our own budget cuts earlier this year.

“It is with regret that we are having to take these measures, but the unprecedented scale of the financial squeeze on local authorities means difficult decisions must be made.

"A detailed report on how we intend to deal with this situation will be considered at the October meeting of the council’s cabinet.”

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4:15pm Thu 29 Sep 11

Jolly Roger says...

Well welcome to the real world, us who have worked in the private sector have had this done to us over the last ten years or more.

So why should the public workers expect us to support them though the times it happens to them as did they help us when it happen to us I think not.
Well welcome to the real world, us who have worked in the private sector have had this done to us over the last ten years or more. So why should the public workers expect us to support them though the times it happens to them as did they help us when it happen to us I think not. Jolly Roger

4:59pm Thu 29 Sep 11

trencherman says...

Not just Council workers but Teachers too have been protected from the the "real world"...this reccession has passed them all by...they have had pay rises when the private sector have not. Their pensions are protected whilst private pensions have been raided by Mr Bown (on the advice of Mr Balls). Perhaps these privileged workers might now realise what the private sector have been suffering for three years now!...Not much sympathy here then!
Not just Council workers but Teachers too have been protected from the the "real world"...this reccession has passed them all by...they have had pay rises when the private sector have not. Their pensions are protected whilst private pensions have been raided by Mr Bown (on the advice of Mr Balls). Perhaps these privileged workers might now realise what the private sector have been suffering for three years now!...Not much sympathy here then! trencherman

5:45pm Thu 29 Sep 11

bilevee says...

I think you have lost touch with the real world. Public Sector workers have not had a pay rise for 2 years yet we see private sector pay rises all the time. They are looking at a further year with no pay rise too. Pensions which public sector workers pay into are under attack and they are being asked to work longer for less of a pension but pay more for it. The extra money they are being asked to pay will not go into their pension scheme (they contribute to) it will be used to bail out the the government debts caused by bankers and non tax payers etc. They are paying for the greed of the private sector.
I think you have lost touch with the real world. Public Sector workers have not had a pay rise for 2 years yet we see private sector pay rises all the time. They are looking at a further year with no pay rise too. Pensions which public sector workers pay into are under attack and they are being asked to work longer for less of a pension but pay more for it. The extra money they are being asked to pay will not go into their pension scheme (they contribute to) it will be used to bail out the the government debts caused by bankers and non tax payers etc. They are paying for the greed of the private sector. bilevee

5:49pm Thu 29 Sep 11

Graeme_r says...

Typical Daily Mail influenced spin peddled by Jolly Roger and trencherman. If you did some research, you would realise that in 2009-10 Council workers got a pay rise of 1.0% only and have had nothing since. And they are expected to get nothing for two more years. I know of many private sector companies that have had modest pay awards during this period. The Local Government Pension scheme is funded predominantly by investments, not 100% by the tax payer unlike other schemes. However, Cameron and go tar the whole public sector with the same brush and you both join in. Many Loc Gov schemes are in surplus through wise investments. We should be calling for fair pensions for everyone, not encouraging a scramble to the bottom. For the record I have worked in both sectors and seen good and bad in both.
Typical Daily Mail influenced spin peddled by Jolly Roger and trencherman. If you did some research, you would realise that in 2009-10 Council workers got a pay rise of 1.0% only and have had nothing since. And they are expected to get nothing for two more years. I know of many private sector companies that have had modest pay awards during this period. The Local Government Pension scheme is funded predominantly by investments, not 100% by the tax payer unlike other schemes. However, Cameron and go tar the whole public sector with the same brush and you both join in. Many Loc Gov schemes are in surplus through wise investments. We should be calling for fair pensions for everyone, not encouraging a scramble to the bottom. For the record I have worked in both sectors and seen good and bad in both. Graeme_r

10:24pm Thu 29 Sep 11

Jolly Roger says...

Well in years gone by when the privte sector we not getting pay rises and th public sector were did you lot support us, no.

Also our pensions were hammered by Mr Gordon Brown, so as I said welcome to the real world.
Well in years gone by when the privte sector we not getting pay rises and th public sector were did you lot support us, no. Also our pensions were hammered by Mr Gordon Brown, so as I said welcome to the real world. Jolly Roger

11:00pm Thu 29 Sep 11

always right says...

who cares !!. get on with it goons.
who cares !!. get on with it goons. always right

11:37pm Fri 30 Sep 11

Graeme_r says...

To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu
nion.org/news__event
s/latest_news/unite_
and_ineos_reach_agre
emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir
e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel
ease?id=224969
To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu nion.org/news__event s/latest_news/unite_ and_ineos_reach_agre emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel ease?id=224969 Graeme_r

11:37pm Fri 30 Sep 11

Graeme_r says...

To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu
nion.org/news__event
s/latest_news/unite_
and_ineos_reach_agre
emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir
e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel
ease?id=224969
To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu nion.org/news__event s/latest_news/unite_ and_ineos_reach_agre emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel ease?id=224969 Graeme_r

11:37pm Fri 30 Sep 11

Graeme_r says...

To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu
nion.org/news__event
s/latest_news/unite_
and_ineos_reach_agre
emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir
e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel
ease?id=224969
To Jolly Roger, you just ignore information that contradicts your (and the Daily Mail's) views. In years gone by, Private sector pay rises were well ahead of Local Government pay rises anyway. In the real world of Local Government, the Pension schemes are funded by investments and many are in surplus and can pay pensions without over burdening the tax payer. Many Private Sector companies could pay final salary schemes even after Browns' tax raid in dividends but chose to close them and go to defined benefit to penny pinch and maximise profits. See http://www.unitetheu nion.org/news__event s/latest_news/unite_ and_ineos_reach_agre emen.aspx and http://www.prnewswir e.co.uk/cgi/news/rel ease?id=224969 Graeme_r

11:39pm Fri 30 Sep 11

Graeme_r says...

Got a server error when submitting last comment, clicked refresh and it's multiplied by three.
Got a server error when submitting last comment, clicked refresh and it's multiplied by three. Graeme_r

6:45pm Mon 3 Oct 11

spragger says...

Have all the Diversity, Climate Change, European and Political officers been moved on?
None of which provide an iota of added value to taxpayers.
Chief Execs should be moved on as they have also added little, or no value
Have all the Diversity, Climate Change, European and Political officers been moved on? None of which provide an iota of added value to taxpayers. Chief Execs should be moved on as they have also added little, or no value spragger

10:58pm Tue 4 Oct 11

johnny_p says...

These aren't really "job losses", more really that we can't afford the taxes to keep people in jobs that don't exist.
These aren't really "job losses", more really that we can't afford the taxes to keep people in jobs that don't exist. johnny_p

10:58pm Tue 4 Oct 11

johnny_p says...

These aren't really "job losses", more really that we can't afford the taxes to keep people in jobs that don't exist.
These aren't really "job losses", more really that we can't afford the taxes to keep people in jobs that don't exist. johnny_p

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