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Unions Warn Council Job Cuts 'Will Hit Cornwall Hard'
7:07am 24th October 2014
(Updated 7:07am 24th October 2014)
It is feared massive job cuts at the council will deal Cornwall a big blow.
Almost 400 posts are set to be go at County Hall, if the budget is approved.
They include 280 posts currently filled while around a hundred more vacancies will not advertised.
As one of the Duchy's biggest employers unions warn it will mean less money going into the economy.
They fear public health could be among the departments hit - with possibly seven jobs under threat.
Tony Dowling, GMB Organiser, said "The loss of 280 jobs in Cornwall will be another blow for the county. The discussions with Cornwall Council will continue into next week and no doubt will continue beyond that point as austerity continues to bite.
"Out of the £196,000,000 identified as a requirement to be cut from the budget, £31,000,000 will come out of staff wages.
"At present it is known that there are potentially seven out of the two hundred and eighty jobs losses being made, potentially within public health.
"Cornwall's economy is mainly sustained by agriculture. Cornwall has a GDP of 62% of the national average. Tourism is the second largest employer responsible for nearly a quarter of Cornwall's GDP. Due to the serious fragility of the Cornish economy, Cornwall receives European poverty related grants.
"Each job in Cornwall is of great value to the person, and to the economy and the loss of local authority jobs will impact on many businesses in the local communities. As the Tory/Liberal Government lays claim to the success of a growing UK economy, for the people of Cornwall, their communities and business these job losses due to imposed budget cuts are another serious blow. The local authority role is in supporting the infrastructure of the County and as its funds and staffing reduce, services will suffer."
Three Things You Can Do If You're Worried About Losing Your Job
- Check your contract Redundancy details may be in your contract or your employer may have a procedure. Generally redundancy schemes are more generous than those required by law. If you have at least two years' continuous service then you will be entitled to redundancy pay. This will be calculated using your age, years of service and average pay. Redundancy pay is not available if you are over sixty-five or the normal retirement age. It is best to double check with the Citizens Advice Bureau or similar before accepting any terms being offered.
- Start Networking If you have worked for the company for two years continuously you will be allowed to have reasonable time off to look for another job or for training. But exactly how much time will have to be worked out with your employer. If they feel you are abusing this they can stop paying you. Start speaking to friends and family about opportunities that they hear about.
- Brush up your CV and references Start work on overhauling your CV and references now. Make sure it includes everything you did at your latest position. If you are being laid off with immediate effect ask your boss to write you your reference then and there. Do not allow yourself to be fobbed off with a promise that it will be sent on. If they write it for you on your last day you are more likely to win sympathy and get a glowing report.
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