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Shropshire Council's 'Bizarre' Working From Home Plan

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 

GMB HITS OUT AT ‘BIZARRE’ SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL PLAN TO CLOSE BUILDINGS AND FORCE STAFF TO WORK FROM HOME

Proposal to shut all Council buildings on Friday afternoons come ‘out of the blue’

GMB, the union for local council workers, has hit out at ‘bizzare’ proposals from Shropshire County Council to shut all council buildings on Friday afternoons and force staff to work from home one day a month.

The ‘out of the blue’ proposals, which had not been consulted on or discussed with trade unions had left council staff with no idea as to what they would mean or how they would practically work.

In a letter sent to staff yesterday morning, Clive Wright, Shropshire County Council's Chief Executive, said he had been asked by the council's Cabinet to enforce a spending freeze across the council (1).

He said that the council, which is facing an overspend of £6.9 million, will be asking staff to work from home on the last Friday of every month, beginning in November. 

The letter went on to say that from January 2019, the council will enforce a closure of all buildings at 12.00 noon on Friday and ask staff to work on a mobile or agile basis.

Stuart Richards, GMB Senior Organiser for Public Services, said:

"Following the financial collapse of Northamptonshire County Council, we've seen councils adopt increasingly desperate measures to cope with the Tory government's austerity cuts that have seen services cut to the bone.

"This bizarre move by Shropshire County Council comes completely out of the blue. There has been no consultation or discussion with trade unions and no one has an idea as to what this would actually mean for staff or how it would practically work.

“GMB has requested an urgent meeting with the Council to try and understand what on earth they are doing here . We’ll be consulting our members closely on what steps we'll be taking in response.”

ENDS

Contact: Stuart Richards on 07957 265 774 GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2018/11/08/council-staff-to-work-from-home/

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