23 August 2012
Council to implement 350 more redundancies
Hundreds of council workers in the north-east of England are facing redundancy in the near future, it has emerged.
South Tyneside Council has today (August 23rd) announced plans that will see it cut another 350 jobs over the course of the next two years as it continues to struggle financially, the BBC reports.
The local authority has reduced its headcount by more than 1,200 since 2010 through a number of schemes and has blamed this latest round of redundancies on the pressure it is under from "unprecedented" levels of spending cuts from the government.
Merv Butler - South Tyneside branch secretary at Unison, a body with more than 1.3 million members - told the news source these job losses will hit the area hard, as the avoidance of compulsory redundancies continues to get harder.
"My concern is that we're now down to a very core nature of a workforce here in South Tyneside," he added.
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