This is the advice that Unison are giving council staff if they receive a letter (which is quaintly called a protective redundancy notice):
Today the Trade Unions were informed that 800 protective redundancy notices were issued.
“What does this mean?”
It means that everyone who receives a letter is at risk of redundancy however it does not mean that everyone receiving a letter will be made redundant.
E.g. In a team of 10 the Budget proposal may say that 2 posts need to be cut. This means all 10 staff are at risk but 2 staff will be made redundant.
“How do they select who can go?”
The Council will be selecting staff for redundancy using the Managing Change Policy. This is a new Policy which was passed by councillors without the agreement of the Trade Unions. You should be able to view the Policy on the Council intranet.
If you are a UNISON member and have received a protective redundancy letter please contact the UNISON office on 0208 359 2088 or email email@example.com and we will arrange for a rep to make contact with you.
“What happens next?”
Consultation begins as from 3 December. Over the next few weeks new structures /job descriptions will be circulated to staff and trade unions. It is important that all members take part in the process.
In the week commencing 3 January a number of 1:1 meetings will be taking place for staff at risk. If you require UNISON representation please contact the UNISON office ASAP.