Unite urges Southampton council to protect front line ...

Unite urges Southampton council to protect front line services and improve redundancy payments

31 January 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, is calling on Southampton city council to use its additional £5.8 million government grant for 2013-2014 to protect front line services and improve the redundancy payments for those council staff facing compulsory redundancy.

Unite has criticised the council's spending decisions including proposals to spend £300,000 on employing consultants for three months.This decision was taken without any union consultation.

While the council is putting £193,000 back into Youth and Play, a quarter of this money is going to one management post.

Labour councillors have also rejected trade union proposals to improve the redundancy provision for staff facing compulsory redundancy at the Our House children’s home and at Archaeology and Visitor Information services.

Mark Wood, Unite branch secretary, said:“Prior to last year’s local election victory for Labour in Southampton, local party leaders were promising staff a future that involved serious engagement.”

“It is true to say that things are slowly improving and that many years of mismanagement by the previous Tory council will not be corrected overnight. However the spending decisions like £300,000 on external consultants for just three months work leaves us with serious questions about this adminstration’s handling of the additional money.

"Whilst we all recognise it's a Tory government imposing massive budget cuts, we need this Labour administration to work together with staff and unions to negate the worst effects of those imposed cuts in order to protect jobs and services."


Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.