Council job cuts will devastate county says union

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Plans by the county council to slash 2,500 jobs from its workforce will have a “devastating effect” on services, says Lancashire’s biggest trade union.

UNISON has said that it is now looking in detail at Lancashire County Council’s financial position to try to find alternatives to cuts of this scale, and will lobby councillors at a full council meeting on February 20 at 1.30pm at County Hall in Preston.

The county council has not yet identified which jobs will go and which services will be slashed or withdrawn. But UNISON said that the scale of job losses proposed will mean the end of some essential services, leaving many people at risk and in vulnerable situations.

Elaine Cotterell, Lancashire UNISON branch secretary said: “UNISON will support our members through this difficult time and try to avoid compulsory redundancies where possible.

“In the last three years, 1,500 workers have lost their jobs.

“This round of cuts is even more drastic and will have a devastating effect on the local economy and the people of Lancashire who we serve.”

Maureen Le Marinel, UNISON President said: “The potential job losses announced in order to meet the cuts imposed by this Government will have a devastating effect on workers, their families and communities across Lancashire.

“Staff have already been hit by a pay freeze for the last three years and a real terms pay cut of 18 per cent.Losing their jobs will plunge these hard working people and their families further into poverty, and will result in even more claims for welfare benefits.”

The union added that the 2,500 figure is based on dividing the County Council’s savings target by a notional average full time equivalent salary, and therefore itt is possible that that many more than 2,500 jobs could be lost.