GMB Anger As Birmingham City Council Renege On Promise Not To Sack 180 Lollipop Wardens Placing Lives Of School Children At Risk
Decision due on 1st March but staff have already been told that they will lose their jobs unless schools agree to pay the £5,100 per year to fund costs of warden says GMB.
GMB, the union for public service workers, pledged to mobilise public opposition to the decision by Birmingham City Council to place the jobs of 180 Schools Crossing Patrol Wardens at risk of redundancy. The City Council is planning to make a decision on 1st March 2016.
Gill Whittaker, Regional Organiser, said “GMB ran a campaign last year to save the jobs of the lollipop wardens. The successful campaign gathered huge support from the public resulting in Birmingham City Council agreeing to keep wardens at 'priority sites'.
The council pledged to continue to directly employ around 180 School Crossing Patrol Wardens working on sites where there is an identified high risk.
It is disappointing that they now appear to have done a U-turn that the School Crossing Patrol Wardens are again at risk of redundancy.
The proposal is not due to be approved until next month but staff have already been told that they will lose their jobs unless schools agree to pay the £5,100 per year it costs to fund a warden.
Statistics gathered in 2014 showed that, out of 2,628 road accidents recorded in Birmingham, only 5 occurred near crossings operated by School Crossing Patrol Wardens. GMB are very concerned that this figure will increase if the wardens are cut.
The public will not appreciate the council reneging on an agreement to protect School Crossing Patrol Wardens working in high risk areas.
GMB will always fight to protect vital public services. We think that keeping children alive and well is an absolute priority.
That is why we campaigned last year and why we are re-launching our campaign now.
School Crossing Patrol Wardens save lives and GMB will fight to keep them.”