Local authority bosses ‘bottle-out’ of defending jobs and services

9 Nov

Unite has slammed officials at one of Scotland’s biggest local authorities today (Friday 9th November) after they left the future of some 1,600 jobs at the mercy of an online survey.  

North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) claims it needs to save up to £73 million over the next four years and carried-out a public survey via their website asking people where service cuts should be made in order to make these savings.

The survey, called ‘The Way Ahead’ and which also closes today, will be used by the council’s officials over the coming weeks and months to set-out a savage public sector cuts agenda.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer, Tam Connarty, said, “This fluffy rhetoric of ‘let’s talk about our future’ masks the sinister reality for many North Lanarkshire public servants which is one of jobs cuts on a frightening scale. 

NLC have completely undermined the collective bargaining process and are playing the worst kind of populist politics at a time where they should be holding urgent discussions with workers to sustain services the best we can. 

Instead, they’ve bottled-out of dealing with the big issues they’re paid handsomely to do and made the public judge, jury and executioner for the services they rely on and the future of workers who will rank among family and friends.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors: For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Tam Connarty on 07810157911.

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