Consultations On Up To 90 Support Staff Job Losses At Resource Group Due To Budget Cuts For Police Service Of Northern Ireland
Contract staff are likely to receive basic redundancy not an enhanced voluntary scheme for those directly employed in the public sector facing job losses which is unfair says GMB.
A 30 day consultation period begun yesterday (11th November) between GMB and Resource Group, now part of Noonan Group since September 2014, on up to 90 job losses for members employed as support staff on a contract with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Staffs under threat are employed by Resources Group mainly as security officers but also custody officers and station enquiry assistants. Some of the job losses are due to the closure of some police stations across Northern Ireland.
The Resource Group is a privately-held company that has a contract with PSNI to deliver these services. GMB is the sole recognized union for these staff.
The first reductions are scheduled to take effect from Monday 17th November 2014, one week into a 30 day consultation process.
Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Officer, said “Due to the Assembly budget cuts PSNI along with other public sector employers have started to announce cuts in contracts with service providers.
Last month the PSNI Chief Constable said that he had to assess the impact of cuts in the next financial year of between 10% and 15%.
Consultation commenced yesterday with the Resource Group who, as yet, is not sure of the full extent of these cuts.
Agencies such as the PSNI are using the notice clauses in the commercial contract which takes no notice of statutory notice required in employment law.
Those GMB members employed as contracted workers facing this redundancy are only likely to receive basic redundancy. This is while politicians are talking about an enhanced voluntary scheme for those directly employed in the public sector facing job losses. It is not fair that our members will not get any access to similar provisions.”
Contact Michael Mulholland 07974 018413 or 02890 393340 or GMB press office 07921 289880