Staff are flock­ing to leave coun­cil

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Hun­dreds of pub­lic ser­vice staff have left their East Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil jobs in the last six months.

New fig­ures re­vealed last week have shown that since May, 267 em­ploy­ees moved on from their roles.

Ed­u­ca­tion was the hard­est hit, with 175 staff mem­bers leav­ing, while health and so­cial care, en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, and the chief ex­ec­u­tives depart­ment also suf­fered losses.

Coun­cil leader Tony Buchanan ad­mit­ted that the num­bers were high and ad­mit­ted he was con­cerned about the num­ber of peo­ple leav­ing.

He said: “It does give us a con­cern be­cause it im­pacts on our fu­ture.

“There is a huge amount of pres­sure on staff at the present time.

“Aus­ter­ity has brought with it many dif­fi­cul­ties and the forced im­pact of aus­ter­ity on many ar­eas of the ser­vices we de­liver has had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact over the last few years.

“That’s the harsh re­al­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment we work in and yet our staff have con­tin­ued to de­liver.

“I’m pretty cer­tain that many of the is­sues that staff have and the anec­do­tal ev­i­dence that comes to me is that some of the great­est pres­sures put on staff are by some mem­bers of this coun­cil.

“Some of the treat­ment and com­ments they re­ceive and some of the is­sues raised on so­cial me­dia with re­gards to staff in our coun­cil are quite frankly ap­palling in many in­stances.”

Mr Buchanan re­vealed that 62 per cent of staff leavers were per­ma­nent work­ers while 38 per cent had tem­po­rary con­tracts.

He added that 12 em­ploy­ees had left through vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy, while three had taken early re­tire­ment in the last six months – of those, only two were over the age of 60.

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Jim Swift claimed he had been made aware of staff mem­bers who were ac­tively look­ing for jobs else­where be­cause they don’t like work­ing at the coun­cil.

And he called on more work to be done to in­crease job sat­is­fac­tion rates.

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