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A REDUNDANT QUESTION

24-02-2010

With hundreds of Birmingham Council staff facing the axe, questions are being asked about their redundancy payments – and specifically whether the terms the “grunts” are being offered will compare with settlement packages for senior officers.

The Stirrer understands that the standard redundancy deal offered to workers in the Young People, Children and Families department  - where 1300 posts are being shed – is one week’s pay per year served, up to a maximum of 20 years.

This has aroused some anger, not least because an employee who has remained loyal to the organisation for, say, 35 years won’t receive any more compensation than a colleague who has worked there for two decades.

The restructuring of senior management posts revealed recently on The Stirrer provides an opportunity for the Council to at least show that all Council staff are treated equally – but instead, rumours are surfacing that more than one “big cheese” will receive a pay-off of up to £100,000.

One rule for one class of worker, another rule for the rest?  Surely not.

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