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Councillors have given the green light to transferring staff from East ...
Councillors have given the green light to transferring staff from East

Renfrerwshire's housing and commercial operations department to other

departments within the council.

The move for 988 staff follows a decision to wind up the department with the

end of compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) and the shift to best value.

Council chiefs also say that integrating the staff fully into existing

departments will slash red tape leading to further improvements in customer


Housing and construction services staff will join the environment

department, catering and cleaning staff will go to education, and cleansing,

vehicle management and land services personnel will join the community and

leisure department. CCTV control room staff will become part of community

and leisure's community safety section. And a further review will determine

the transfer arrangements for other support services staff. Transfers are

expected to take place from July to December with no compulsory


Council leader Owen Taylor said: 'It is important that we

transfer staff into departments to develop services. We will keep everyone

fully informed and the unions are playing a full part in these developments

which will benefit both staff and public alike.'

Gerry Green, chair of Unison East Renfrewshire branch said: 'We've been told

that there will be no compulsory redundancies. Consultation had started and

we expect it to continue at every stage of the transfers. We don't believe

that there will be significant changes to work practices. Unison is pleased

that the council is finishing with CCT and particularly welcomes greater use

of best value practices.'

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