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GMB CAMPAIGN AGAINST 104 SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GMB CAMPAIGN AGAINST 104 SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF JOB LOSSES ON NEWLY OUTSOURCED CONTRACT AT WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL 

Job losses will not only affect members but also the schools, parents, teachers and, most importantly, the children especially those with special needs says GMB.

GMB the union for school support staff, plan to consult members, parents and other unions on a campaign to stop 104 school support staff jobs being cut at Worcestershire County Council.

A private sector company Babcock International was awarded a contract covering 391 workers in school support roles at the start of October 2015. 

A consultation on these redundancies is now underway and is due to finish on December 6th. The jobs under threat include admin workers, teachers for disabled pupils and early years schooling.

Justine Jones, GMB Regional Officer, said “It is unacceptable that only weeks after Worcestershire Council handed over the ‘Learning and Achievement' function to a private company, that they are about to make 104 people redundant.

GMB opposed this outsourcing from the very beginning. We said at the time that jobs were under threat but this was denied by the council.

This was cynical and disgraceful as Worcestershire County Council was well aware of these job losses were on the cards when they awarded this contract to Babcock International. The council have washed their hands of these workers and the valuable work they do.

These job losses will not only affect GMB members employed by Babcock, but also the schools, parents, teachers and, most importantly, the children in the area, especially children with special needs.

GMB understands that the contract is for £3.8 million for the first year and that this may be cut to £2.1 million by October 2017. GMB also understands that this is part of an overall contract worth £38 million over five years. GMB intend to establish all the facts around this contract.

I have been informed that letters have gone out to members offering them the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy. I am in talks today with the council and the contractor to establish exactly what is being proposed.
GMB will consult with members and will seek to work with other unions and parents to campaign to get these job losses rescinded. 

The Tory Government has made great play over them not cutting the education budget in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. Worcestershire County Council has to be held to this.”

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Justine Jones 07834 416067 or Samantha Jones 07834416067 or 0121 550 4888 or or GMB press office 07974 251823 or 07821 289880.

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