The Bromsgrove Standard is reporting that a leading union has slammed the potential axing of 104 school support staff jobs as ‘cynical and disgraceful’.
Bosses from GMB, which represents school support staff, spoke out after engineeering giant Babcock International revealed plans to slash 104 roles across the county, including Bromsgrove and Droitwich.
The firm revealed their intentions last Thursday (October 22) just weeks after winning the contract to provide Worcestershire County Council’s ‘Learning and Achievement’ services after it was out-sourced by chiefs at County Hall.
In a further twist, bosses at County Hall are now embroiled in a further war of words after they claimed they ‘were not made aware in advance of Babcock’s proposals’ – a claim Babcock strongly refutes.
Babcock International was awarded a contract covering 391 workers in school support roles at the start of October…
A consultation on the redundancies is now underway and is due to finish on December 6.
The jobs under threat include admin workers, teachers for disabled pupils and early years schooling.
Justine Jones, GMB regional officer, said “It is unacceptable that only weeks after Worcestershire Council handed over the ‘Learning and Achievement’ function to a private company, that they are about to make 104 people redundant.
“GMB opposed this outsourcing from the very beginning. We said at the time that jobs were under threat but this was denied by the council.
“They have washed their hands of these workers and the valuable work they do,” she added…
The earlier report we covered on this suggested the council was likely to have known this was on the cards when they agreed the outsourcing although that appears to be something they are now disputing.
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