“Unison members are upset that the pain which is being dished out to the rank and file is not being felt further up the chain of commend. Anger is growing since the release of the top-tier restructuring document earlier this month which set out the chief Executive’s plans to reorganise the Hackney Management Team but staff were left bemused as there appeared to be little or no changes other than a few job titles!
Far from slashing the structure by the standard 25% the proposals only remove two ADs bringing the number down from 30 to 28 and savings described in the document although impressive appear to relate to other reviews such as the performance and strategy restructure where about 50% cuts are expected.
This is all set against the backdrop of the most draconian cuts in a generation set out last week by toffee nosed Chancellor, George Osbourne. The review is a long way from making those with the broadest shoulders bear the biggest load.
Hackney Unison believes that the cuts agenda is being driven not by a need to force down the deficit but rather to fulfil the twisted ideological dreams of the Tory party which has spent the past 13 years waiting to shrink the state by selling our jobs off to the private sector and letting those in most need suffer on the scrap heap. There are alternatives to smashing the welfare state and public sector, such as imposing a levy on banking transactions, or even more revolutionary sticking a single percent rise on corporation tax. Perhaps the government could start by recovering some of the millions of taxes avoided by big business in this country every year thus making those who really can afford to take a hit do so!
Members have asked Hackney Unison to set up a petition asking the Chief Executive to rethink his plans and to reduce the cost of senior management further to demonstrate the commitment of the highest paid to making savings. To sign the petition click Top-Tier Restructure Petition. To look at the comments Unison has already submitted click Top Tier Comments.
We are asking members to sign and also to get just one colleague whether a union member or not to sign if they feel the same as we do. “
Brilliant Lobby/Protest at Hackney Town Hall last night! nearly 250 people attended and was VERY loud!! Stood on the steps for an hour listening to speakers from local campaiagns – Keep Our NHS Public, Hackney Unison, Gik Der and others and various trade union activists and then did short and even louder march around the town hall!
The council says that if correct, this could mean a reduction in government funding of between £50 and £60million in the coming financial year (2011/12).
Speaking at the full council meeting, Mayor Pipe said: “The detail behind last week’s government announcement suggests that the grant cuts aren’t spread across four years, but have been frontloaded to take out between £50 and £60million in the first year. This means a reduction of around 20 per cent in the first year, not the 7.25 per cent stated by the government. Unless there are further funding streams that are still to be revealed by the government to make up this shortfall, the council will be faced with having to make devastating decisions.
Hackney Alliance now on Twitter @HackneyNoCuts already got 25 followers so if you on Twitter .. follow and tweet
First indications are a brutal reduction in services and welfare for the poorest and lower income members of our communities. Details to follow