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GMB Protest Over Council Redundancy Cuts

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GMB To Hold Protest On 30 June Against Cuts To Berkshire Council Worker Redundancy Pay

For those facing redundancy, redundancy money may be the only thing that saves them and their families from the immediate threat of homelessness and being forced onto benefits says GMB.

GMB, the union for local government workers, will hold a protest against proposed cuts to redundancy payments for West Berkshire Council staff.

The Council’s Personnel Committee will hold a meeting at 10am on Thursday 30th June 2016 to debate proposals to reduce redundancy payouts for staff by 25%, a move that will have a massive knock-on effect on the hundreds of staff whose jobs are already at risk. 

Under current arrangements, staff will get twice their statutory redundancy entailment after two years of employment should they be made redundant. The council’s proposals will cut redundancy payments for staff employed for more than two years to one and a half times the statutory entitlement.

GMB members will assemble at 9.15am on Thursday 30th June 2016 at the address as follows:

 

West Berkshire Council offices
Market Street
Newbury
RG14 5LD

Nikki Dancey, GMB Branch Secretary for Berkshire and North Hampshire, said “The proposed cut to workers redundancy terms is utterly unacceptable. Many of our members, even those in ‘secure’ jobs, are already struggling to keep up with rising prices for housing, utilities and living costs.

For those facing redundancy, many of whom will be the sole-breadwinner in their family due to current high unemployment levels, redundancy money may be the only thing that saves them and their families from the immediate threat of homelessness and being forced onto benefits. GMB will put their cases to the council debate to ensure that their voices are listened to.”

Asia Allison, Regional Officer for GMB said “GMB has been active in protesting against the cuts over the last year, supporting the West Berkshire Save Our Services campaign, working to save jobs in the council and schools, and trying to maintain the quality of life of not only our members but also the local community who access the services provided by the Council.  We will continue this struggle for as long as the deliberate Conservative attack on public services is forced in West Berks.”

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Notes to editors

1 GMB represents hundreds of council staff in West Berkshire Council, and in many Academy schools within the Council boundaries.  They are members of the Berkshire and North Hampshire branch.

 

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