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GMB call on Sandwell council to look again at decision to axe children road safety staff

Monday, September 22, 2014

Not enough priority has been given to exploring alternatives to secure this important frontline service or how it will be delivered in the future says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector staff, has raised serious concerns about the council’s proposal to cut staff responsible for teaching children road safety. 

Mohammed Khalik, GMB Regional organiser, said “The service provides local primary schools with staff to teach children road safety by taking them into the local community to demonstrate safe and unsafe practice. The service is delivered by predominately women workers on low earnings due their low hours of work.GMB consider that not enough priority has been given to exploring alternatives to secure this important frontline service or even how this will be delivered in the future. We want the council to look again at cutting this service.”

Darren James, GMB Branch Secretary, added “GMB is deeply disappointed at the council’s decision. This is mainly as it is clear that alternatives have not been explored. GMB members, mainly women, are losing their jobs while no alternative is being put in place to deliver this service’.

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Contact Mohammed Khalik,07957 265724 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272 or GMB press office 07921 289880

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