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Unorthodox dismissal process or financially necessary business decision?

September 30, 2011 7:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In a bold move, Shropshire Council is dismissing all its 6,500 employees to achieve £76m in financial savings due to central government cuts. Consultation and negotiations with unions over 90 days failed to reach agreement to changes to terms and conditions to save 400 redundancies. Notices of dismissal are due to be issued 30 September, and re-engagement offers made 1 October.

Unison are said to be balloting it’s membership, some 40% of the workforce, on industrial action. It is reported that employee’s declining the new offer will be dismissed without compensation.

We will watch with interest this bold, but not well regarded approach – other local authorities are taking / considering the same process.

Click here to read the latest (at the time of writing) local BBC coverage.

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