Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has said he is
dismayed at news that Cork City Council has offered voluntary redundancy to an
unspecified number of staff today (Friday).
Cllr. Tynan said that the City Council was already near
breaking point due to under-staffing as a result of the public service embargo
and is already struggling to provide all the services required of it. The
Workers Party councillor said he had
learned that Council staff had been issued with the offer of taking redundancy
in a circular to staff this morning.
“This is completely inappropriate on a whole load of
fronts”, said Councillor Tynan. “For
starters as I have said there is a huge staffing shortage in the City
Council. Employees who have left over
the past few years have not been replaced and there are at least 200 fewer
staff than there were three or four years ago.
Secondly this is at a time when new employment should be the priority. This
country and Cork in particular is in the
grips of an unemployment crisis”.
Councillor Tynan said that it would be impossible
for the City Council to function properly after this redundancy scheme. It would
inevitably lead to further cuts of
services and further impetus towards privatisation. He accused the government
of having an agenda to destroy local government in this country.
“I would call on the trade union movement to fight
these latest staff cuts tooth and nail. The ink on the Haddington Road
Agreement is barely dry yet once again public service jobs are under
attack. This is a bad decision for
workers, it is a bad decision for those who depend on the services of Cork City
Council and it is a very bad decision for the City of Cork as a whole.”, said
Issued Friday 5th July 2013