Supervisor jobs swept away by Neath Port Talbot Council in cost-cutting drive
SCORES of cleaning supervisor posts have been axed as part of a cost-cutting drive by Neath Port Talbot Council.
Last year the authority agreed to redesign its cleaning services as part of an agreement to work with trade unions to find ways of making in-house services more competitive, before looking at other ways of delivering them.
Now the council has said the redesign will achieve potential savings of around £447,000 as well as helping to secure jobs for cleaning staff and help keep the service in-house.
Each of the authority's buildings will be reassessed on a rolling programme to establish its individual need and the needs of the people using it and to measure the standard of cleanliness.
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At the same time, the council will have cleaning materials bulk-delivered to sites rather than have them stored and then ordered as they are needed.
In a report to councillors, finance director Derek Davies said that, as there was no requirement to order materials, authorise time sheets or inspect buildings the role of supervisor was no longer required.
"All supervisors were offered an alternative post as a cleaner or the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy," said Mr Davies.
"Of the 75 supervisors, 15 accepted voluntary redundancy and 60 took up alternative employment as cleaners."
Other measures the council is introducing include reducing holiday cleaning in schools from 20 days to 10.
The council has also decided to scrap paper towels in favour of hand driers, and is looking to move cleaning staff from two weekly to monthly pay.
Mr Davies will update members of the economic and community regeneration board at a meeting on Thursday.
He said: "The recommendations from the review have been successfully implemented.
"Effort and hard work of the cleaning managers and the support staff has been instrumental in this positive outcome."