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WALSALL PROMISES NO REDUNDANCIES

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In advance of Labour deputy leader John Prescott's visit to Walsall MBC, the administration has promised there will...
In advance of Labour deputy leader John Prescott's visit to Walsall MBC, the administration has promised there will be no further compulsory redundancies as a result of the council's decentralisation.

Chief executive David Winchurch said: 'Decentralisation is feasible using our existing resources, and it can be done without redundancies, providing that staff are reasonably flexible.

There will be opportunities for redeployment and training.'

The announcement was followed by news this week that junior director Mike Kingham, head of the development department, is leaving for Enfield LBC at Christmas to head their urban regeneration unit.

Job cuts so far have been at director level, with the nine directors being replaced by a corporate core of five. By March four directors will have left, and four more are being interviewed for the new posts this week.

Councillors said staff are still being offered early retirement or voluntary redundancy, and a negotiating committee will be set up for dealing with decentralisation issues.

Local party secretary Tim Oliver said he hoped Mr Prescott would explain 'what it is we are meant to be guilty of that lead to our suspension'.

Mr Oliver will be indicating he is still 'upset enough' to sue shadow environment secretary Frank Dobson for slander.

Mr Dobson accused the local leadership of bullying and intimidation at district party meetings.

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