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1,200 Jobs Under Threat In Doncaster

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GMB Call For Public To Join Campaign To Save Jobs And Services As Doncaster Council Seeks Saving Of £109m Over Next 3 Years

GMB is concerned that services in Doncaster will be cut including residential care homes and day centres for all elderly, vulnerable and disabled service users.

GMB, the union for public sector staff, commented on the impact of 1.200 job losses on services and employment in Doncaster Council.

Bob McNeill GMB Regional Officer said “Jo Miller, the Chief Executive of Doncaster Council has recently confirmed on television the intention to make 1,200 staff redundant as part of a total of £109 million of savings required over the next three years.  GMB is concerned that this will close services for the residents and tax payers in Doncaster, including residential care homes and day centres for all elderly, vulnerable and disabled service users.

What was not mentioned however was the £45 million spent over the last three years on consultants, senior managers and agency staff. This is while front line services have been cut and employees of the council had their terms and conditions cut through job restructures.  With 1,200 more jobs to go, the remaining staff will be placed under huge amounts of stress to pick up the extra work created by fewer staff doing the same essential roles within the Council.

GMB believes that Doncaster Council needs to be brought publicly to account for this money, and would like to point out that direct employment of staff would save a vast quantity of money, with a knock-on effect of saving jobs and therefore services throughout Doncaster. GMB says yes to jobs and services for the people of Doncaster and no to cuts and privatisation.  We are asking workers and the public to join with GMB to help in a campaign for services and employment rights.”

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Contact Bob McNeill on bob.mcneill@gmb.org.uk or 0845 337 7777 or 07961 761806 or GMB press office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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