Press Release

100 jobs at risk at Newcastle and Stafford College

Around 100 staff at Newcastle and Stafford College risk losing their jobs after the college announced plans to save £2m. The trade unions representing college staff said the college’s plans would have a devastating impact on educational opportunities in Staffordshire and called on the college to give full details of any outsourcing plans.

Report suggesting merger between Police and Fire “Dangerous Political Experiment” says UNISON.

Staffordshire UNISON Representing Support Staff at Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service has claimed that the report titled Protecting and Enhancing Frontline Services “Is there a case for full integration” Is “fatally flawed”

Steve Elsey – Area Organiser, Staffordshire UNISON said:-

100 Staff at risk of redundancy at Burton & South Derbyshire College

UNISON have recently been advised that over 100 members of staff are at risk of redundancy at Burton and South Derbyshire College with the College leadership blaming dramatic and continued government cuts for the reason to axe significant staff over the past two years.

UNISON Welcomes Decision To Keep Services In House

UNISON today welcomed Staffordshire County Council’s announcement that services previously being considered as part of the Core+ project will remain in house. The announcement today draws to an end a nine month project that has been considering the future of back office services such as ICT, HR, Procurement and Finance where business cases for two potential options have been considered. The two options being considered were:

  • To transfer the services to Entrust (Staffordshire County Council & Capita’s Joint Venture)
  • Keep services in house and redesign the delivery models whilst working with SAP, the Council’s current IT systems provider.

Steve Elsey, Staffordshire UNISON’s Branch Secretary, said: “We are delighted at the decision to maintain services in house, UNISON have been concerned since the start of this project that the likely change in shape and function of the council over coming years is likely to change the requirement for these services more than could be imagined and on that basis it seemed unwise to commit to a 19 year contract for delivery of services which in time may no longer be required, with services maintained in house the flexibility remains to tailor services and staffing requirements to the ever changing face of local government.”

He added: “UNISON have been doing a lot of work with the staff affected and throughout the process many questions have been asked which have challenged the Council’s thinking over the viability of outsourcing these services. We would like to thank our members for getting involved and for making their concerns known, the road ahead will be challenging for all of us, with the financial challenges clear.”

UNISON Warns Against Risk Taking & Gambling With Tax Payer's Money In Staffordshire Council's Private Education

UNISON continues to campaign against Staffordshire County Councils ‘risky’ decision to push ahead with its plans to create a private joint venture Company to run its current award winning Education Support Services.

Recently an APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence) report was commissioned by UNISON to provide a wholly independent analysis into the Council’s proposal to privatise its Education Support Services. APSE concluded that the privatisation of over 4000 Education Support Service jobs would possibly be detrimental in a number of different ways, including: