Growing jobs fears for council workers

Photograph Jamie Forbes 16.10.14  East Dunbartonshire Council Headquarters 12 Strathkelvin Place  Kirkintilloch.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 16.10.14 East Dunbartonshire Council Headquarters 12 Strathkelvin Place Kirkintilloch.

There were growing fears for council workers’ jobs this week in East Dunbartonshire.

The local authority has to make budget savings of £23million over the next three years.

The cash crisis was on the agenda when councillors met last week for a special meeting.

It’s undertood one of the proposals is to ditch the traditional school janitor role and replace them with 12 mobile site co-ordinators,

It’s also understood other neighbourhood services staff, including bin men, maintenance workers, cooks and cleaners could also see changes to their shifts and payments.

The proposals were voted through by coalition Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative councillors, despite a bid by the SNP, an independent councillor and the unions to hold talks with ACAS to negotiate the changes.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie warned that more difficult decisions were still to come.