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Birmingham Council Job Cuts

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1,200 JOB TO GO WITH CUTS TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL HEAPS FULL BURDEN OF TORY BUDGET CUTS ON WORKERS

This is not the way to cope with this funding crisis and we will continue to fight for our members working across the council says GMB

GMB and the Joint Trade Unions were formally notified today of plans by Birmingham City Council to reduce the workforce by a further 1,200 over the 2016/17. In addition to the proposed job losses, the proposals also include significant changes to council services and major reductions in the terms and conditions of employment.

Gill Whittaker, GMB Organiser, said, "Through job losses, pay freezes and changes to other terms and conditions workers have borne the brunt of the Government's cuts to local authority funding.  

Despite this GMB has so far continued to try and work constructively with the council and members have continued to try and provide decent public services.

However, this can't carry on. The majority of savings generated from the council's proposals come at the expense of ordinary council workers. Again, this is either through further job losses, outsourcing, reductions in pay or attacks on sick pay. 

We will continue to negotiate on behalf of our members through the consultation period, but our message is clear. GMB members deliver the essential council services for Birmingham residents and they deserve better than this."

Stuart Richards, GMB Senior Organiser, said. "As a union representing workers across the public sector we are fully aware that the council is forced to deal with the Tory Government's 'slash and burn' approach to public sector funding.

The council is now proposing to remove workers from national agreements and to attack what's left of their terms and conditions. This is not the way to cope with this funding crisis and GMB will continue to fight for our members working across the council." 

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Contact Gillian Whittaker 07850 768351 or Stuart Richards 07957 265 774 or Joe Morgan 07794 247 960 or Sam Jones on 07939 874 272 or Stephanie Peacock on 07841 763521 or GMB press office 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

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