Unison says threat of redundancy is biggest worry

The threat of redundancy is the biggest worry facing public sector workers, according to a survey of more than 100 Unison branches.

The others are worries over pay, restructuring/privatisation and constant changes to working practices, funding cutbacks and bad management.

The union is warning that swingeing cuts would turn back the clock to the recruitment and retention crisis hitting health, education and local government services before the 1997 election. It is urging the government to keep up investment through the recession, or risk hitting services even harder and the very people who depend on them.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: ‘The survey shows that job insecurity, tough pay deals, increasing workloads, staff shortages and the looming prospect of budget cuts is forcing morale into nosedive. And funding cuts will only increase the pressure on public sector workers. Staff shortages and recruitment difficulties are already taking their toll in areas like home care, midwifery and social work.'

A breakdown of healthcare workers only found that the top three worries were in a slightly different order. They were: reorganisations/restructuring/privatisation, then redundancy and then pay.

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