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Friday, March 4, 2016
GMB Scotland Anger As Glasgow City Council Renege On Promise Of Job Opportunities For Cleansing Operatives

This is a complete smack in the face to the young people of Glasgow who are the future of the city says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union of refuse, recycling and street cleaning workers, has written a letter to Glasgow City Council seeking an immediate meeting to discuss the withdrawal of 100 permanent positions that were to be made available to current cleansing operatives and apprentices. See notes to editors for a copy of the letter.

The jobs were to come from the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 which placed a statutory duty on all local authorities to provide households with a separate food waste collection service by 1st January 2016.

Benny Rankin, GMB Scotland officer, said “At a meeting last year Glasgow City Council stated that 100 new jobs would be available for all current cleansing operatives to apply for, including the apprentices who had recently been recruited to the Cleansing Department on 4 week temporary rolling contracts.

This was welcomed by GMB Scotland, as it gave our young members in Land & Environment Services (LES) future permanent employment instead of the uncertain future that 4 week temporary rolling contracts provide.

However, on Tuesday 1st March 2016, at a Departmental meeting with LES, GMB Scotland was informed that the 100 new permanent positions no longer existed and that the personnel required to facilitate this service would instead be sourced from Business Jobs Glasgow and that these personnel would only be offered 6 month temporary contracts with further 6 month temporary contracts being offered upon completion and suitability.

This is a complete smack in the face to the young people of Glasgow, who are the future of the City.

This Government funded scheme was the perfect opportunity to provide our young men and women stability and a future within the Council by attaining full time permanent employment."

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Contact: Benny Rankin on 0141 352 8105 or 07912 560 808 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to Editors

Copy of a letter from GMB Scotland to Glasgow City Council

Councillor McAveety,

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations, passed by the Scottish Government in 2012, place a statutory duty on local authorities to provide a Food Waste Collection Service to all households in non-rural areas by 1 January 2016.

The operational costs from January 2016 until March 2018 are estimated to be approximately £10 million with another £800,000 being spent on the purchase of bins and waste caddies.

Some of the potential benefits, outlined by Councillor Alistair Watson, Executive Member for Sustainability and Transport, in the report to be presented to the Executive Committee are:

·           the creation of 100 permanent jobs within  the Low Emission Strategy (LES) for Scotland:

·           the provision of an additional recycling service to all residents:

·           the diversion of waste from landfill,

·           an increase in the city’s recycling rate   

The introduction of this service will provide employment opportunities within the City, material collected will be processed locally creating and supporting economic development in the processing industry.

Glasgow City Council LES Director Mr Brian Devlin, heralded this late last year as the one good news story for the Department amidst a background of problematic cuts which could potentially effect the Department come March 2016 Glasgow City Council budget cuts.

At this meeting GMB Scotland trade union, welcomed the additional 100 new permanent jobs.  Mr Devlin stated that whilst funding had been provided for this legislated service, future funding was not guaranteed.  Nevertheless, as this was now legislation the duty was on the Council to provide the service whether future funding was made available or not.

It was further stated by Mr Devlin that the 100 new jobs being made would be available for all current cleansing operatives to apply for, including the apprentices who had recently been recruited to the Cleansing Department on 4 week temporary rolling contracts following completion of their apprenticeship. If the apprentices applied for the new permanent positions on food waste and were unsuccessful this still gave them the opportunity to gain full time permanent employment with Glasgow City Council by back filling the vacated positions in Cleansing.

This was welcomed by GMB Scotland, as it gave our young members in LES  future permanent employment instead of the uncertain future that 4 week temporary rolling contracts provide.

However, on Tuesday 1st March 2016, at a Departmental meeting with LES, held by Martin McKelvie, Cleansing Area Manager, GMB was informed that the 100 new permanent positions created by this new service would no longer be happening and that the personnel required to facilitate this service would instead be sourced from Business Jobs Glasgow and that these personnel would only be offered 6 month temporary contracts with further 6 month temporary contracts being offered upon completion and suitability.

This is a complete smack in the face to the young people of Glasgow, who are the future of the City.

This Government funded scheme was the perfect opportunity to provide our young men and women stability and a future within the Council by attaining full time permanent employment.

I would appreciate a meeting as a matter of urgency, to discuss this issue and the very obvious lack of any formal planning from Glasgow City Council in regards to future employment for their apprentices within the Council.

I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future.

Yours sincerely

Benny Rankin

Organiser

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