Socialist Worker

Union shows scale of local authority job losses

Issue No. 2229

The scale of the job losses taking place across local government has been revealed by the GMB union.

The union has published a list of 27 councils in England where nearly 40,000 job losses are already threatened. Some are also demanding pay cuts.

In addition a number of councils are also threatening staff with “section 188” notices where employment will be terminated unless workers sign up to major attacks on terms and conditions.

Local Authority Job Losses Pay Cuts
Sefton, Merseyside 1,000  
East Riding, Yorkshire 123  
Rochdale 350 2.5%
Warwickshire 1,855  
Barnsley 1,270 5.0%
Stockport 400  
Lancashire County Council 6,000  
Derbyshire County Council 2,000  
Stoke on Trent 2,500  
Sandwell 1,000
Leeds City 3,000  
Shropshire County Council 2,400
Telford & Wrekin 530  
Camden 270  
London Borough of Havering 509  
Dorset 700  
Oldham 800  
Halton Borough Council, Cheshire 108  
Somerset 1,500  
Kirklees 1,500  
Sheffield 2,198  
Norfolk County Council 3,000  
Greater Manchester Police Authority 3,000  
Lancaster City Council 28  
Southampton City Council 250 5.4 %
Norfolk Broads Authority 38  
Blackpool Council Up to 1,000  
London Borough of Lambeth 2,000  
Total 39,829  

Section 188s issued to impose cuts to terms and conditions

Authority Job Losses
Rhonda Cynon Taff 10,000
Sheffield City Council 8,500
Birmingham 26,000
Walsall 8,400
Croydon 4,000
London Fire Service 700
Northumberland County Council 14,780
Total 72,380

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