Union members protest over Fife Council job cuts

Members of the GMB Union held a protest outside Fife Council's headquarters in Glenrothes this morning (Thursday) over local authority job cuts and staff workloads.
Members of the GMB Union held a protest outside Fife Council's headquarters in Glenrothes this morning (Thursday) over local authority job cuts and staff workloads.

Members of the GMB Union held a protest outside Fife Council’s headquarters in Glenrothes this morning (Thursday) over local authority job cuts.

The move comes after it was revealed as many as 2000 Fife Council posts could go over the next three years as part of a major cost-cutting drive aimed at saving £91 million.

The protest was held as the local authority met to set its annual budget.

A statement released by GMB Fife said: “Today Fife Council will hammer their workforce.

“With almost 2000 jobs to be cut over the next three years and 2000 already cut over the last three years who ever is left can they please switch off the lights.

“GMB Members in Fife Council have been dealing with continuous changes to their workload, working patterns along with everything else and enough is enough.

“It’s time Fife Council and the Scottish Government done more to protect these workers. Where will

they work? The knock on effect on the community will be horrendous.”

Drew Duffy, GMB organiser, said: “Our members in Fife have had enough, they are not to blame at

all for any of the mess Fife Council find themselves in yet it will be our members signing on at the job centre.

“Some of the most vulnerable citizens of Fife are dependant on the services our members provide,

these people will also suffer.

“As more services are put out to the lowest bidder it will change the way care in the community is run.

“On top of all this we still have huge numbers of our members waiting on their equal pay claims as

the Council short changed hundreds of low paid women for years and should have paid these women the money they were due years ago.”

He added: “GMB call on councillors to stand up for their work force and say no to austerity.”

Annette Drylie, GMB Fife branch secretary, said: “We have had years of cuts and there is nothing

left to cut without having a huge effect on our members and the services they provide.

“None of our councillors were voted on the promise of these cuts and it’s time they stood with us and said no more.”