More than 700 Cumbria workers face threat of axe
Last updated at 16:55, Friday, 14 February 2014
MORE than 700 public sector jobs are to go in Cumbria as the county council attempts to save £80m over the next three years.
The move was approved by members of the authority at a key meeting in Kendal yesterday where Unison members gathered to lobby councillors over the issue.
The drastic reduction in roles was described as “appalling” by Unison Cumbria representative Debbie Hamilton.
She said: “It’s absolutely appalling. What we are seeing in Cumbria now is the effect of central government cuts.
“They have other choices over how they recoup money for the economy of Britain such as the huge and unnecessary bonuses given to staff within publicly-owned banks in this country.
“Instead, they are taking staff away from children’s services, adult services, from our roads here in Cumbria.
“This is just the start of three years’ worth of cuts being faced by this county.”
The latest drive to cut jobs at the county council echoes a similar sweep three years ago when the organisation was forced to slim its workforce by more than 700 posts.
But Labour councillor Mark Wilson claimed voluntary redundancies had filled the quota sought so far.
He said: “I don’t believe there will be considerable compulsory redundancies this time around. I think it will sort itself out.
“But eventually, this reduction will have an effect on services which is what we are beginning to see the effects of now.”
First published at 16:51, Friday, 14 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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why should i care if there all got the sack,it happened to me with carlisle city council and unison were usless,there didnt even attend my last 2 meetings.
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