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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL APPROVES WAGE CUTS AND JOB CUTS
 

Star date: 10th October 2017

'POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS' CUTS TO SALFORD PEOPLE'S SAFETY

"We won't be able to safeguard the welfare and safety and residents of Salford" 

Salford councillors, including City Mayor Paul Dennett, unanimously voted to cut wages and jobs in the Council's Regulatory Services this morning, as staff protested outside the Civic Centre.

The department deals with issues like food hygiene, trading standards and slum landlords, and a member of staff told the Salford Star that "We won't be able to safeguard the welfare and safety and residents of Salford"; while UNISON branch secretary, Steven North, added that the move is "potentially dangerous".

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Salford UNISON protests wage cuts and job cuts at Salford City Council Salford UNISON protests wage cuts and job cuts at Salford City Council
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Staff members in Salford Council's Regulatory Services carried banners reading 'Our Jobs Protect People' and 'Don't Cut Safety Services' as they protested outside the Civic Centre this morning to oppose wage cuts and job cuts.

The Council's Workforce Panel was meeting to approve wage cuts of up to £6,521 a year and the loss of 14 jobs in Regulatory Services which inspects food businesses for safety and hygiene, and deals with issues like trading standards, pet shop licensing, bad landlords and anti-social behaviour orders.*

If the cuts went ahead, a member of staff told the Salford Star, "We won't be able to deliver what we are currently delivering; we won't be able to safeguard the welfare and safety and residents of Salford..."

Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steven North, underlined the point... "We're talking about safety critical services that deal with slum landlords, rogue traders, imitation products and environmental health; all these things that impact on the people of Salford generally" he explained "So to make cuts to these services, we think, is potentially very dangerous.

"There are certain legal requirements that the Council needs to meet and we're not sure whether it will be in a position to meet those legal requirements" he added "As you would expect, they're telling us that they can, but we're not convinced."

At the centre of the dispute is a 'restructure' of Regulatory Services, with a cut of £461,000...

"The galling thing is that it hasn't been properly evidenced" said Steve North "They've reorganised the service, bringing in a load of digital technology but what it's actually doing is making it easier for the public to get in touch and increasing the demand on staff, which is counter intuitive when actually cutting jobs.

"The digital solutions that are there to make the staff's lives easier aren't up and running, so we feel that implementation is going to increase demand on these services but not increase the ability to respond to that demand in the same way" he added "Taxi licenses and things can be done digitally; we're not Luddites, we're not opposed to the public having more ability to contact Regulatory Services but these people have to be equipped to be able to deal with it..."

At the Workforce Panel meeting, the officer proposing the 'restructure' explained that it was "a good performing service" and that "staff are well regarded" - but that didn't stop councillors, including so-called 'Corbynistas', Panel Chair, Councillor John Ferguson, Children's Services Lead Member Lisa Stone, Deputy Mayor, John Merry, and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett voting unanimously to impose the wage and job cuts.

Dennett noted the importance of the service and how Tory cuts were a "driver" for the 'restructure' but added that it was "absolutely the right approach" and that is was "a good piece of work".

UNISON's Steve North concluded that wage cuts to staff in one particular department of Salford Council was "unprecedented"...

"That's a worry and isn't justified" he said "Not only in terms of the fact that this is an authority that should be doing its best to protect staff from wage cuts and redundancies but also from a public point of view. By downgrading what these staff do, you are downgrading their ability to deal with more complex things that keep the public safe.

"We are firmly opposed to wage cuts, we are firmly opposed to compulsory redundancies" he added "and we reserve the right to go into formal dispute and consider anything up to and including industrial action to challenge it."


*For a full background see previous Salford Star article Ė click here

Whoís running Salford council, itís the incompetents wrote
at 06:32:11 on 18 October 2017
Carít believe people still listen to the bullshitter Steve North. This was the man who presided over job evaluation where many people in the council lost thousands of pounds whilst he and his union sat by and did nothing. Still carít believe that numpties on here still blame the Tories for cuts in Salford, but this is not hard to fathom when you realise that most Labour Party members and socialists are of a low IQ, just look at this labour run council. Salford Council every year is given money to run the council, yes it has had cuts, but then so has every other council, it is this labour controlled council that decides where cuts are to be made, not the Tory government. I believe once again this Salford labour controlled council gave Salford reds £600,000 + again, allowed BILLIONAIRES like the done brothers to wave planning fees. So itís this labour controlled council that is financially incompetent not the Tories and also remember it was Gordon brown and a labour government that led us into the 2008 banking mess, it was Gordon brown who deregulated British banks, that up until that point were regulated by the Bank of England, Gordon took this away and the banks in affect bankrupted the country. You carít put the Labour Party and Being financially astute in the same sentence, the Labour Party are and always will be financially incompetent.

white wrote
at 15:48:21 on 12 October 2017
George; Felse has not managed to convince me of anything, nor is he ever likely to. Oh! Thatís not quite correct, he has convinced me of certain facts about himself, but my standards of good manners will not allow me to publish them here.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 15:48:17 on 12 October 2017
Thank you George but I am no genius just want Salford to be safe, respectful, visionary and fit for purpose. I would love to see 40 independent Councillors fighting their corner than what today gets me reaching for the vomit bucket. To whoever suggested volunteer Councillors count me in - can we get 39 others to take away the Salford Labour Party majority? By the way I doubt the Salford Council will inform you but you can get a cuppa tea for £1 in Eccles Shopping Centre and a good chat with decent honest folk. Fantastico.

George wrote
at 07:37:26 on 12 October 2017
Felse is a genius he has got a Labour Party member on here vertically saying Salford Labour is not representing The Labour Party. Should Labour expel Salford - yes. well done Felse if only the voters follow the same pattern it is goodbye Salford Labour and their rediculous band of selfish councillors. Allyulla 2018.

white wrote
at 18:39:47 on 11 October 2017
Mr Felse has got a nerve telling anyone to examine their social conscience. Labour Party members donít flit around from party to party, every time something crops up that upsets them. No, they stick around and try to alter things from within. Perhaps he would remind us just how many political parties he has joined and resigned from [or been sacked from] in the past. One can really only come to the conclusion that he would be better off forming his own party, where he could be leader, and every other post. As for Salford; some might regard that the only connection between the Salford Party and the central Labour Party, is the name. PS. What makes Mr Felse think I am a resident of Salford?

Michael James Felse wrote
at 15:10:07 on 11 October 2017
Sorry to @White at you feeling extremely sad and alone at my objections to wage cuts. I am not going to throw into a party at people getting less pay for the same job they did before. I am sure my union Unison is on the case to ensure people are not trodden on in Salford. Please examine your own membership against your social conscience. Very ashamed of Labour suggesting a wages cuts. Why are their own members in each ward not condemning these cuts. I just cannot support Labour at this time.

wrote
at 13:48:47 on 11 October 2017
This is becoming farcical. When is MJF going to make his mind up and settle on a party who will make the most of his undoubted [sorry that should be doubted]talents.

white wrote
at 13:48:42 on 11 October 2017
As a member of the Labour Party, I am desolated at the news that Mr. Felse will not, after all, be joining us. How will we survive without him?

barry woodling wrote
at 22:50:09 on 10 October 2017
I was at the protest and work force panel meeting today. The decision to lose 14 jobs in Regulatory Services is quite disgraceful and will impact on the local community in a devastating manner. So much for the Corbynista Mayor and his acolytes on the council. There was not a single dissenting voice. The Labour Party's so called opposition to Tory cuts is shown to be a sham!

Michael James Felse wrote
at 22:47:43 on 10 October 2017
With regret this bad news forces me to not rejoin Labour Party until they fully explain why we are cutting pay while failing to pull in the money pots described by Mary Ferrer. I cannot join at this time as I believe workers cuts are wrong for building a City that will be ready for post Brexit Investment strategy to Save Salford.

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