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Consultation On Falkirk Cuts

Monday, January 18, 2016
GMB Scotland To Consult Members Over Falkirk Council Proposal To Cut Terms And Conditions In Spending Cuts That Include 330 Job To Go

We see jobs lost and terms and conditions under attack which will have a negative impact on the services delivered to the people of Falkirk says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for public sector workers, is to consult 800 members employed by Falkirk Council over what they want to do over proposals to cut the terms and conditions as part of a spending cuts package which includes 330 full time equivalent job losses.

The proposed cut to terms and conditions of employment is part of Falkirk Council's Budget cuts to save £30.8 million in the two years over the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 rising to over £51 million in 2017/18. The cuts to terms and conditions are to save £1.5m per year.

The consultation opens on Tuesday 19 January 2016 and will be carried out at a series of workplace meetings over the next 3 weeks.

Christina Lambie, GMB Scotland organiser, said "This is a very difficult time for the workforce in Falkirk Council. Last year there was a loss of 100 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs. This year there will be the loss of a further 330 FTE jobs as well as the proposal to cut the terms and conditions package of our members by £1.5 million.

This is the reality for workers from the budget set by the Scottish Government. We see jobs lost and terms and conditions under attack. This will also have a negative impact on the services delivered to the people of Falkirk.

The outcome of the consultation is unpredictable as for the first time the workforce are being asked to reduce their income and in these difficult times and we don't know if our members are up for that but the consultations will tell us what members wish to do."

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Contact: Christina Lambie 07775 571564 or Alex Mc Luckie 07885 348269  or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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