Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader of the SNP Group on Stirling Council, has called for the Council to conduct a new survey on employees to assess what anxieties and concerns might be affecting morale.
The call comes after a number of Council employees at all levels have reached out to SNP Councillors – who are the main party of opposition to the Tory/Labour Administration – citing concerns over how changes to workers’ contracts have had a detrimental effect on morale and attitudes in the workplace.
Such changes include reductions to pensions, unfair rates of redundancy pay-offs, and even the requirement for existing employees to reapply for their own jobs roles in some cases.
Scott Farmer said:
“These are the people who deliver our local services and they have not been treated with dignity and respect by the shameful Tory/Labour Administration. It appals me to report that a number of employees have spoken to my SNP colleagues and me in confidence about how they feel they have been treated and the effect this has had on morale. Often such exchanges are tear-filled.
“The Administration must carry out an immediate survey that effectively assesses poor staff morale and its causes so that we can paint a true picture of how Tory/Labour attitudes have affected our dedicated Council employees.”