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UNISON ATTACKS PLANS TO CUT 150 JOBS AT MIDDLESBROUGH BC

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The regional Unison officer for Middlesbrough, Daivd Murray, has criticised plans by the borough council to cut 150...
The regional Unison officer for Middlesbrough, Daivd Murray, has criticised plans by the borough council to cut 150 jobs to try and make savings of£1.78m, reported The Northern Echo (4 July, p5).

He made his comments after councillors approved a package of measures, including cuts in redundancy and retirement deals and a 20p rise in car parking prices. They also handed responsibility for early retirement decisions and for issuing redundancy notices to managers.

Mr Murray said: 'I think councillors are shamefully abdicating responsibility by delegating this to senior managers rather than taking the decisions themselves. Elected members are not going to have any say any more over decisions to declare redundancies or early retirement. Councillors are accountable to the electorate by the ballot box - council managers are not.'

However, a spokesman for the council said: 'It was made clear to everyone at Thursday's meeting that the decisions taken were the start of the process, not the end, and that all relevant parties would be involved in resolving the very serious situation facing the council.'
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