STOP the mass axing of Tower Hamlets Council Staff. Defend jobs & equality!

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Tower Hamlets Council’s joint Trade Unions are increasingly concerned about a new trend toward mass redundancies for Council Staff.

Not only are cuts getting progressively deeper, impacting on critical services, but there also appears to be an alarming change in the way that organisational reviews are being carried out.

Previously, despite substantial reductions in funding, the Council has worked with Trade Unions to avoid compulsory redundancies and to protect advances made in equalities issues over many years. This has involved a positive attitude to retaining existing staff by seeking to assimilate them into available roles wherever possible. But in recent reviews Trade Unions have been alarmed that many staff have been given no direct assimilation rights at all. Even where there are sufficient roles for all staff not opting for voluntary redundancy this is creating the prospect of compulsory redundancies.

This not only negatively impacts staff but creates additional unnecessary redundancy and subsequent recruitment costs.

Equalities

It is of particular concern that Trade Unions have noticed that BME and female staff appear to be disproportionately affected; potentially reversing gains on equalities that took many years to achieve.

Meanwhile it is noticeable that despite claims that the Council is “delayering” and reducing the number of senior managers there appears to be a steady flow of recruitment into “new “ roles, many at high levels up to PO9 and beyond.

The joint unions are now petitioning the Council; calling for a review into the conduct of organisational reviews to ensure that they are conducted within the ethos of this Council to uphold equalities, value the workforce, and provide value for money by avoiding unnecessary redundancy and recruitment costs.

Sign the petition to support equalities and stop unnecessary compulsory redundancies.

We the undersigned petition the council, throught the GP committee or other appropriate bodies, to conduct an audit of organisational reviews within LBTH to ensure that they are conducted within the ethos of this Council to uphold equalities, value the workforce, and provide value for money by avoiding unnecessary redundancy and recruitment costs.

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