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12/10/2012 - Yorkshire jobs at risk

Two South Yorkshire councils have announced hundreds of jobs are at risk from coalition government cuts.
 
Barnsley Council announced that some 300 compulsory redundancies could be made because it is being forced to make savings of over £16.5 million over the next year.
 
Labour leader of the council Steve Houghton said "This is year three of the cuts. We've already saved £30m. Next year we've got to save another £16.5m. The cuts just keep going on and on and on."
 
A spokeswoman for Barnsley Council stated that staff right across the council are at risk, and will be talking to line mangers about possibly being able to switch jobs, in addition council workers' terms and conditions would also be reviewed. And as a result a 90-day consultation with staff and unions has begun.
 
GMB Union held a meeting recently with Barnsley Council home carers and unanimously agreed to fight any compulsory redundancies. Paul Wade from the GMB said he feared some of the redundancies could be compulsory.
 
He said: "We've got to reduce the amount of redundancies. The proposal to cut terms and conditions is not clear whether that is linked to the amount of redundancies."
 
GMB Barnsley branch secretary Henry Rajch said: "This really shows the strength of feeling among a group of workers who care very much for those they look after but with the real possibility of carers being sacked by the council there is no alternative but to fight."
 
Meantime, the Union also organised an emergency meeting at Sheffield after receiving formal notification letters from South Yorkshire Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Homes over new terms and conditions for their care workers.
 
GMB said they'll ballot for strike action if any member faces compulsory redundancy if unsuccessful in getting one of the jobs due to become available in the new Home Assessment and Reablement Team project.
 
Ian Bell