Union stages mass protest ahead of budget meeting

Wirral Globe: Members of Wirral Unison ahead of Tuesday's budget meeting. Members of Wirral Unison ahead of Tuesday's budget meeting.

MORE than 100 people protested outside Wallasey town hall last night, Tuesday, against budget proposals put forward by Wirral Council’s ruling cabinet.

Members of Wirral Unison and Unite made their thoughts known ahead of the meeting, which saw Labour’s budget resolution passed unanimously.

The budget includes a number of measures to increase growth, with its principal aim to reduce overall spending by £27.5m.

The package includes £17.3m of savings generated by ‘completely remodelling’ the way the authority operates.

Back-office services will be merged with neighbouring authority Cheshire West and Chester Council – cutting costs by more than £7m and resulting in around 50 redundancies at management level.

Terms and conditions governing severance packages are also set to change – one of the things trade unionists protested about.

Ahead of the meeting, Phil Goodwin, branch secretary of Wirral Unison – which represents 2,700 council workers – said the group wanted to keep severance payments to enable workers to be able to ‘face redundancy with dignity’.

He said: “We want it to be an attractive package to make voluntary redundancy still an option.
 

“We are still ready to work with the council and the council leadership.

“We will be pragmatic but tough.”

Labour’s budget resolution will now go forward to full council on Monday, December 16, for final approval.

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11:09am Wed 11 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

In my opinion it makes sense to have a more attractive redundancy package in place to encourage voluntary redundancies. Otherwise the process for deciding who is to be made redundant drags on for months and in the end can cost just as much in legal and staffing costs etc. If the package is attractive enough then I'm sure lots of people will want to get out. The quicker they go then the quicker the salary is off the books. I'm very disappointed in the Labour administration in the way they are handling this matter. Am I surprised? no!
In my opinion it makes sense to have a more attractive redundancy package in place to encourage voluntary redundancies. Otherwise the process for deciding who is to be made redundant drags on for months and in the end can cost just as much in legal and staffing costs etc. If the package is attractive enough then I'm sure lots of people will want to get out. The quicker they go then the quicker the salary is off the books. I'm very disappointed in the Labour administration in the way they are handling this matter. Am I surprised? no! Joeblogg85

3:05pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Hugo1008 says...

Why is there no talk of reducing the absurd number of Councillors we have a very expensive 66 when less than a dozen would be more than adequate.

Lets face it the ones we have now have proved time and time again to be less than useless, collectively they have created more chaos, mismanagement, misinformation, secrecy, and behind closed door dealing, rewarding inadequate senior managers handsomely, but failed to hold even one of them accountable.

Remember no Wirral Council Employee, no matter what rank or level of employment, can do anything right or wrong without the express and full approval of the elected Councillors, that's where the buck stops.
Why is there no talk of reducing the absurd number of Councillors we have a very expensive 66 when less than a dozen would be more than adequate. Lets face it the ones we have now have proved time and time again to be less than useless, collectively they have created more chaos, mismanagement, misinformation, secrecy, and behind closed door dealing, rewarding inadequate senior managers handsomely, but failed to hold even one of them accountable. Remember no Wirral Council Employee, no matter what rank or level of employment, can do anything right or wrong without the express and full approval of the elected Councillors, that's where the buck stops. Hugo1008

5:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

If any Unison member seriously believes they're being effectively represented here and NOT secretly sold down the river, they're deluding themselves.

If Goodwin plays his cards right, he too could one day cross the Rubicon like so many turncoats before him and join the CEO, on top dollar, within management ranks..
If any Unison member seriously believes they're being effectively represented here and NOT secretly sold down the river, they're deluding themselves. If Goodwin plays his cards right, he too could one day cross the Rubicon like so many turncoats before him and join the CEO, on top dollar, within management ranks.. PaulCa

3:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Mr moderate says...

PaulCa wrote:
If any Unison member seriously believes they're being effectively represented here and NOT secretly sold down the river, they're deluding themselves.

If Goodwin plays his cards right, he too could one day cross the Rubicon like so many turncoats before him and join the CEO, on top dollar, within management ranks..
Paul how can you state that when both the council unions have managed to retain a enhanced scheme for redundancy and protested about cuts to budgets such as the parks and beaches not forgetting car parking charges
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: If any Unison member seriously believes they're being effectively represented here and NOT secretly sold down the river, they're deluding themselves. If Goodwin plays his cards right, he too could one day cross the Rubicon like so many turncoats before him and join the CEO, on top dollar, within management ranks..[/p][/quote]Paul how can you state that when both the council unions have managed to retain a enhanced scheme for redundancy and protested about cuts to budgets such as the parks and beaches not forgetting car parking charges Mr moderate

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