Date 3 September 2008
Union disbelief as Edinburgh replaces child protection
jobs with finance managers
UNISON, the public services union, has slammed
Edinburgh Council for creating seven new Finance
Managers at the same time as it is cutting ten children's
social work staff.
"Just as senior social workers were getting letters
asking them to apply for redundancy, the council
was advertising for seven new Finance Managers at
a cost of up to £300,000. It beggared belief in
the first place that Edinburgh, after damning inquiries
and inspections, was cutting crucial child protection
staff. It is astonishing that the alleged savings
will be wiped out by new finance posts", said John
Ross, UNISON Edinburgh Branch's Service Conditions
"If the Council needed seven new Finance Managers,
why were these posts not already on the establishment?"
asked Mr Ross. "We are not aware of any consultation
with the unions and we have not seen any report
to the politicians. I am sure that if there is £300,000
available to spend, the public would want that to
go on front-line services".
The union is demanding an urgent meeting with officials
and politicians to find out why there is money for
these new jobs while they claim there is no money
for front-line services.
"This is the wrong time to be creating new support
posts when front-line services are under the cosh.
We will be asking the Council to hold off until
the latest budget out-turn is available and we can
see exactly what the Council's budget situation
really is", added Mr Ross.
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