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Unison hits out at 'temporary staff' at Warrington Borough Council

Warrington Guardian: Unison hits out at 'temporary staff' at Warrington Borough Council Unison hits out at 'temporary staff' at Warrington Borough Council

UNISON has condemned a £2.3million spend on temporary agency staff by Warrington Borough Council when permanent employees are being made redundant.

Jason Horan, joint branch secretary for Unison, said: “Outrageously high figures for agency workers particularly within operations who manage the refuse collection service has a projected end of year spend of £500,000 which in the current climate of budget pressures is totally unacceptable, it also places a big question on how management are managing the service.”

There is also a projected spend of £500,000 spend in the families and wellbeing department the union says due to a lack of social workers and support workers.

“Unison has grave concerns that the Labour group has sanctioned cuts without properly thinking through the implications and left officers to reduce permanent posts at there own discretion,” added Mr Horan.

A council spokesman said the figure was a reduction on previous spending.

They added: “We actively seek to reduce agency costs wherever possible, however, the majority of these workers are used not to fill permanent posts on an ongoing basis, but rather to cover maternity leave, annual leave, sick leave and to cover vacant posts whilst we are recruiting to them.

“In terms of social workers, Warrington performs extremely well in managing to recruit and retain permanent staff, in contrast to many other councils. However, it is vital for our most vulnerable residents that when there is sickness or maternity leave, or staff move elsewhere, that we ensure we continue to provide safe services, and this does necessitate the use of some agency staff.

“Mr Horan recently raised his concerns on this matter with the council's joint consultative committee, and the council committed there and then to working with trade unions to see what else we could do to address his concerns including a meeting with the chief executive to fully explore the issue. Indeed we look forward to this next step and to further exploring the matter.”

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9:49pm Wed 28 May 14

SickAndTired2 says...

This is what happens when ideological austerity measures and massive cuts are inflicted upon council services. The work still needs to be done no matter how many jobs they shed.
This is what happens when ideological austerity measures and massive cuts are inflicted upon council services. The work still needs to be done no matter how many jobs they shed. SickAndTired2
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10:16pm Wed 28 May 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

This is what happens when Councillors approve their Party Political political bias. Why haven't The Council cut their expenses budget, reduced their catering budget including the purchase of unnecessary alcoholic beverages, why haven't they cut their travel allowance by stopping the use of first-class tickets and book well in advance in order to minimise costs? Why don't The council stop unnecessary journeys overseas or at least restrict it to the mayor and a small retinue and not most of the council and they call it progress. I think not.
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This is what happens when Councillors approve their Party Political political bias. Why haven't The Council cut their expenses budget, reduced their catering budget including the purchase of unnecessary alcoholic beverages, why haven't they cut their travel allowance by stopping the use of first-class tickets and book well in advance in order to minimise costs? Why don't The council stop unnecessary journeys overseas or at least restrict it to the mayor and a small retinue and not most of the council and they call it progress. I think not. . SAC_in_Warrington
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5:56pm Sat 31 May 14

clifftop30 says...

I originally uploaded this letter on Thursday night but as it named 3 managers in particular it was removed. I honestly didnt realise and hopefully the 3 people accept my apologies.
My housemate has been with Warrington Borough Council for 5.5 years as a member of the refuse collection team, from the time he started at the council he was prompted by the refuse collection foreman to obtain his HGV license as the council was crying out for drivers and it would mean promotion and in turn higher salary, this was repeated on numerous occassions leading my housemate to believe what he was being told. My housemate proceeded to save up the funds and 2.5 years ago passed his HGV license and was promptly told by the waste collection management team that there were no vacancies for drivers and wouldnt be for a long time. During this time they still proceeded to bring in agency drivers (one of whom was the foremans nephew who started a an agency loader but went and passed his HGV license after my housemate had passed his and was immediately put driving whilst my housemate was refused any chance point blank), When my house mate questioned this all 3 members of the waste service management team told him that it was cheaper to employ agency drivers and my housemate basically had no chance and may have to look elsewhere for a driving job, (effectively leave the council because they valued agency drivers over their own loyal staff). However the council waste service management team have paid for my housemate to do his professional driver CPC course at a cost of around £300 but yet refuse to progress him and instead make him walk on the back of a wagon all day.
I feel as a council taxpayer of this town i would rather see the council look after their own staff instead of spending so much on agency staff.
I originally uploaded this letter on Thursday night but as it named 3 managers in particular it was removed. I honestly didnt realise and hopefully the 3 people accept my apologies. My housemate has been with Warrington Borough Council for 5.5 years as a member of the refuse collection team, from the time he started at the council he was prompted by the refuse collection foreman to obtain his HGV license as the council was crying out for drivers and it would mean promotion and in turn higher salary, this was repeated on numerous occassions leading my housemate to believe what he was being told. My housemate proceeded to save up the funds and 2.5 years ago passed his HGV license and was promptly told by the waste collection management team that there were no vacancies for drivers and wouldnt be for a long time. During this time they still proceeded to bring in agency drivers (one of whom was the foremans nephew who started a an agency loader but went and passed his HGV license after my housemate had passed his and was immediately put driving whilst my housemate was refused any chance point blank), When my house mate questioned this all 3 members of the waste service management team told him that it was cheaper to employ agency drivers and my housemate basically had no chance and may have to look elsewhere for a driving job, (effectively leave the council because they valued agency drivers over their own loyal staff). However the council waste service management team have paid for my housemate to do his professional driver CPC course at a cost of around £300 but yet refuse to progress him and instead make him walk on the back of a wagon all day. I feel as a council taxpayer of this town i would rather see the council look after their own staff instead of spending so much on agency staff. clifftop30
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