MSP Gil Paterson has condemned the Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors on East Dunbartonshire Council who voted in private to reduce terms and conditions for council workers.
The Council is the biggest employer in East Dunbartonshire and these changes will be forced through without any engagement with the workforce.
Mr Paterson said: “To treat the workers at East Dunbartonshire Council with such contempt is shameful and all the more galling as this is being done by the Liberal Democrats in cahoots with the Tories. These are the self-same Parties who inflicted such brutal cuts in spending as part of their austerity agenda when they formed a coalition government at Westminster.
“You have to remember that LibDem MP Jo Swinson was a Minister in that government so it is the height of hypocrisy for East Dunbartonshire LibDems to complain about budgetary constraints now and to suggest that the best way of dealing with austerity is to punish council workers.
“Imposing this on employees will hardly create an atmosphere of industrial harmony and will not generate any budget savings. What it will do is alienate staff and result in forced redundancies being the only means of making savings in future budgets. That is bad news for all of us who rely on council services.”
The decision to cut redundancy provision was voted through in a private session of East Dunbartonshire Council on the November 9. The result was 12 votes to 10, with the Liberal Democrats and the Tories voting to support the move.
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