COUNCIL HATCHETMAN ECHOES ACTIONS OF ENEMY DEREK HATTON

You couldn’t make it up as they say.  Wirral Council chief executive Graham Burgess admits all staff could be issued redundancy notices in a move that echoes the Militant actions in Liverpool during the Hatton era. Here’s the rub though. Burgess was a senior shop steward in Liverpool during the Militant years and opposed the move to serve redundancy notices on 30,000 staff  – one of the main reasons for Militant’s downfall, as Hatton explains in his biography.

Burgess has been brought in from Blackburn on a two year contract to decimate jobs and services with a hit list of £49m cuts in the firing line this year. All options have been put to the public to comment on. Though there is one notable exception. A sum of £290,000 has been ringfenced to pay for elected union officials at the Town Hall.  Tory councillor Jeff Green says the option wasn’t put forward for a very good reason – the public wouldn’t buy it.

One of the options is to make staff redundant and then re-engage them on different terms and conditions. Another is to keep paying union officials from the council budget. Both will be upto councillors to decide.

 

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