Updated: Unison has 'grave concerns' about council job losses

Crewe Guardian: Council announce 1,000 job losses Council announce 1,000 job losses

CHESHIRE East Council (CEC) has announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs – roughly one fifth of its 5,500 strong workforce.

CEC said job losses over the next three years were necessary because of a reduction in Government grants.

The authority claims the move would give tax payers ‘better value for money’ by shrinking its £140 million wage bill.

They add their focus is on ‘reducing waste, duplication and bureaucracy, as well as cutting management overheads.’

Trade union, Unison, said they were ‘extremely worried about the scale of proposed redundancies.’

A spokesman for CEC said the council hope to mitigate against compulsory redundancies by ‘taking advantage of natural turnover, as people leave or retire.’

Changes would involve transferring staff to social enterprises, staff mutuals and arms-length companies owned by the council, as well as outsourcing some services to the voluntary and private sectors.

“We expect that in three years’ time, about 1,000 staff will be employed in these local businesses, and will be contributing to the growing strength of the Cheshire East economy,” said the spokesman.

Craig Nicholson, UNISON’s Cheshire East branch secretary, said the trade union had ‘grave concerns about the direction the council is heading in terms of the mass outsourcing of services, which we believe could lead to less responsive and more fragmented services.’

He added: “There is a wealth of evidence that the private sector over-promises and under-delivers in terms of providing quality public services.

“We believe that this will leada to reduced services to the people of Cheshire East. We are seeking urgent discussions with the council to try to minimise the numbers of jobs to be lost.”

Cheshire East Council Leader, clr Michael Jones said he was ‘proud of the quality and creative thinking of our staff. They do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances.’

He added the council would do ‘all we can to support our staff through these changes’ and that a ‘bold, but careful approach’ would prioritise protecting essential frontline jobs and services.

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8:58am Thu 7 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

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..and the sooner you go Michael Edward Jones, the better!
.................... ..and the sooner you go Michael Edward Jones, the better! chapelonthelane

5:12pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Edward Hunter says...

Is this the same Michael Jones who said about his staff "we're pushing them out ..........because they're not good enough." but he now denies saying it. Who do you believe BBC NW political editor Arif Ansari who reported what he said or the Leader of the Council?
Is this the same Michael Jones who said about his staff "we're pushing them out ..........because they're not good enough." but he now denies saying it. Who do you believe BBC NW political editor Arif Ansari who reported what he said or the Leader of the Council? Edward Hunter

9:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

Michael Edward Jones DID infact say at the Cheshire & Wirral Area Conservative Conference that some of the officer's were being pushed out because they were not good enough. I am getting a little worried about him as he appears to be getting rather forgetful. At another meeting I attended, he stated 'officers were not bright enough to be underhanded.' When this remark was put to him he said 'Not everyone supports me. Sometimes my words will be either misunderstood or misrepresented' Oh really Mr Jones! What I suggest you do in future is put your brain in gear before opening your mouth. The latter is going to get you into big trouble!
Michael Edward Jones DID infact say at the Cheshire & Wirral Area Conservative Conference that some of the officer's were being pushed out because they were not good enough. I am getting a little worried about him as he appears to be getting rather forgetful. At another meeting I attended, he stated 'officers were not bright enough to be underhanded.' When this remark was put to him he said 'Not everyone supports me. Sometimes my words will be either misunderstood or misrepresented' Oh really Mr Jones! What I suggest you do in future is put your brain in gear before opening your mouth. The latter is going to get you into big trouble! chapelonthelane

8:20pm Fri 8 Feb 13

joshnem says...

'Your MPs, George Osborne, Edward Timpson and I, have fought hard to keep the line away from Knutsford and Tatton, which we have been successful in achieving.'

OR:

"In a press release Michael Jones stated that George Osborne had fought hard to keep the HS2 rail link out of his constituency in Knutsford and Tatton.


‘In fact, this is not the case and MP George Osborne had no say whatsoever over the proposed route of the HS2 link. Michael Jones is happy to set the record straight.’

Both Courtesy of MailOnline

Not only should Cllr Jones put brain in gear, he needs to decide which brain. The brain that tells him "Big yourself up in front of Tory MPs, brag about how powerful you are" or the brain that tells him "you need people to work with you in Cheshire, tell the truth".

The sooner he gets a plum Tory seat to fight for Westminster 2015 the better.
'Your MPs, George Osborne, Edward Timpson and I, have fought hard to keep the line away from Knutsford and Tatton, which we have been successful in achieving.' OR: "In a press release Michael Jones stated that George Osborne had fought hard to keep the HS2 rail link out of his constituency in Knutsford and Tatton. ‘In fact, this is not the case and MP George Osborne had no say whatsoever over the proposed route of the HS2 link. Michael Jones is happy to set the record straight.’ Both Courtesy of MailOnline Not only should Cllr Jones put brain in gear, he needs to decide which brain. The brain that tells him "Big yourself up in front of Tory MPs, brag about how powerful you are" or the brain that tells him "you need people to work with you in Cheshire, tell the truth". The sooner he gets a plum Tory seat to fight for Westminster 2015 the better. joshnem

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