Council Chief Exec Says Union ‘Not Up To Date’ With Reshaping

town hall windows signThe Council’s Chief Executive has emailed staff alleging that the biggest union within the Council is “not up to date” with developments in the authority’s reshaping process.

Radio Scilly broadcast an interview with Unison representative Stuart Roden on July 10th, in which he details his union’s concerns over the restructuring process.

He is unhappy that most staff had been told that their jobs were at risk when Unison feels that only directly affected staff should have been informed.

In the interview, Mr Roden made it clear that he understood the need to reform but felt the process was not right.

Council Chief Executive Theo Leisjer emailed all staff at 3pm on July 10th saying that the Council would respond to the broadcast, which he felt was a “negative and populist” spin on the reshaping.

Mr Leisjer feels that the Council restructuring is a “very positive development.”

He claimed that Radio Scilly had been disingenuous in its report.

But in his email to all staff, Mr Leisjer failed to inform Town Hall workers that Radio Scilly had contacted both Council Chairman Amanda Martin and the Council press office at 3.20pm on the previous afternoon, July 9th, inviting the authority to respond to Mr Roden’s concerns.

The Council was told that their views would be included at the same time as Mr Roden’s thoughts. The Council’s press office said they would not have time to reply and an officer issued a statement after the broadcast on 10th July.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin chose not to answer the questions, saying she would need to hear what Mr Roden had to say before commenting.

Radio Scilly has heard from a number of Council staff who are deeply upset and concerned by the restructuring process.

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