SNP Councillors will today meet with Trade Unions to discuss the Tory/Labour Administration’s proposed changes to workers terms and conditions at Stirling Council.
Detailed in Stirling Council’s Organisational Change Policy to be brought before the Meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (19th May), changes include a reduction of pensions and makes provision for compulsory redundancies – a policy the SNP have called on the Administration to reject.
Speaking after the meeting with Union representatives, Councillor Gerry McLaughlan said:
“This is a challenging time for local authorities across Scotland as UK Government austerity continues to hit at our services but this is no excuse for Stirling Council’s ruling Tory/Labour Administration to treat those who work hard to deliver these services without any shred of dignity.
“Staff are being attacked on all sides, those who are lucky enough to have a job that isn’t being axed will have to face a competitive interview to keep it – and that may include external applications. There is no commitment to service or to loyalty; even if a job post is retained, there is no guarantee that the person currently in post will be the one to remain in it.
“Those who are being made redundant and are hoping for security and dignity during their retirement years are having the rug pulled from under them by the callous Tory/Labour attack on pensions.
“It is one thing for the Tory Finance Convenor to boast about taking peoples’ pensions away from them; his party’s Government in London tell us exactly what to expect from their type of policy making – but Labour will never be forgiven for attacking the very people they were supposed to defend.”