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Wiltshire Job Losses

Monday, September 7, 2015

GMB Seek Urgent Talks Over 20 Job Losses On Wiltshire Council Grass Cutting And Street Cleaning Contract

These redundancies are due to further cuts made by Wiltshire Council, and this will inevitably have a huge impact on the county's environment says GMB

 GMB, the union for workers on public sector contracts, is seeking urgent talks after The Landscape group announcement that at least 20 redundancies will be made on the Wiltshire contract for grass cutting and street cleansing. 

GMB Regional Organiser Carole Vallelly said "GMB is to seek urgent talks on this announcement. At least 20 redundancies to be made, but we fear it will be many more.  This is out of a workforce of around 110, so is a huge percentage, and we genuinely fear that a decent level of service just cannot be maintained with such a reduced workforce.

This follows most of the grounds operatives being transferred across from the huge Balfour Beatty contract which covered not only these elements, but the roadworks for the whole of Wiltshire. 

The Landscape Group secured the contract for the grass cutting and street cleansing up until 2020, and  the rest of the contract is to go out to tender. Balfour Beatty and Wiltshire Council agreed to end the contract 2 years early, following an absolute barrage of complaints from Wiltshire residents over the last 2 years.  The Balfour Beatty contract has been a fiasco from the beginning, and it comes as no surprise to us it is finishing early.

These redundancies we believe are due to further cuts made by Wiltshire Council, and this will inevitably have a huge impact on the County's environment.

From members perspective this is a very difficult time, as it has been extremely unsettling working under the troubled Balfour Beatty contract, then being moved over to The Landscape Group, and now they face the uncertainty of not knowing whether or not they will still have jobs by Christmas."

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Contact Carole Vallelly on 01793 818005 or 07912 181476  or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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