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Monday, September 20, 2010

A Hobson's choice of dooms

Chatting to someone from the IT Department we get to talking about all the talking about cuts.

"How's your business affected?" I ask her.

"Oh, twenty-five per cent cuts, same as everyone else."

"How's that work? They outsourced you and sold you to the lowest bidder so you're not a council department any more."

"That's true. We're not council workers any more. They've changed the pension and redundancy agreements and they regraded down all our salaries. But when the council's trying to save money we still get our share of the cuts."

"They can't do that, can they?"

Evidently they can.


Britta said...

That doesn't sound funny anymore. In Germany they offered to my new colleagues - for the same work as we do - a lot less money (not the academic payment of before), of course that will affect the pensions of them, and the guys from the controller brigade make us do a lot, lot of stats (time took away from our counselling) and we have to prove by stats (no joke!) that we are deserving the room we are in. They cannot attack those being longer there - though they did take away holiday+christmas-bonus, and diminished sickness-money and put up working-time a bit - in our case I think they are waiting for a 'natural solution'...:-)

Kevin Musgrove said...

Britta: oh my word, they're doing it to you too! You have my very deepish sympathy, this all sounds horribly familiar.