Socialist Worker

Fury at plans to axe jobs in Edinburgh council

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2472

Unison union officials at Edinburgh council have warned of strikes against bosses’ plans to axe as many as 3,000 jobs.

Fears are being driven by the implementation of a Transformation Programme by the ruling coalition of Labour and Scottish National Party (SNP) councillors.

The “efficiency” drive could see 15 percent of council staff lose their jobs, £141 million cuts in the next four years and privatisation of services.

On top of this the union said, “Councillors appear to be actively considering officials’ recommendations to ditch the council’s no compulsory redundancy policy.”

Unison City of Edinburgh branch chair Duncan Smith spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. 

He said, “If the council breaks the agreement on no compulsory redundancies we will ballot for strikes and I urge members to support this action.

“We also call on Labour and SNP councillors not to break their pledges at the last election to address equality and deprivation in the city.”

The proposals also mention adopting an Enterprise Wide Strategic Partner model—despite this being overwhelmingly rejected by councillors in 2011.

A lobby of the city council against cuts and privatisation was set to take place on Thursday of this week from 8.45am to 9.45am at City Chambers, High Street, EH1 1YJ

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