400 council staff volunteer for just 250 redundancies
HUNDREDS of Neath Port Talbot Council employees have expressed an interest in taking voluntary redundancy.
The authority has received 422 expressions of interest received since July.
As part of Neath Port Talbot Council's Workforce Strategy, it is seeking expressions of interest from staff considering taking voluntary redundancy.
The strategy was agreed with unions earlier this year partly in an effort to avoid compulsory redundancies.
Up to 250 jobs may be lost as a result of the measures set out in the council's forward financial plan.
Head of human resources Graham Jones, said the closing date for expressing an interest in voluntary redundancy was Friday, August 30.
Figures show that within those 422 workers, 14 of them are aged over 65 and 94 of them are aged 60-65.
The largest age category who expressed an interest in the scheme were those aged 51-60, with 249 employees.
Forty-four council workers aged 41-50 responded, 14 were aged between 31-40 and seven were aged 20-30.
At a previous meeting, principle HR manager, Sheenagh Rees, said the scheme is open to everybody but they will consider two issues, one of affordability and there is also an age element.
The scheme sets out that in order to be eligible for voluntary redundancy, a permanent job loss must take place, having regard to how the service will be provided if the job loss is supported by management.
The cost to the council of granting the voluntary redundancy must not exceed the equivalent of 52 weeks pay.
Chairman of the Neath Port Talbot Unison branch, Mark Fisher, said they do have concerns about the impact of the staff cuts.
But he said: "We rather voluntary redundancy than compulsory redundancy.
"We are working with the council to minimise the impact through voluntary redundancy scheme."
Members of the Personnel Committee will meet today to discuss the report.