Spokes­woman tasked with pro­mo­tion of author­ity posts on­line video

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JON HEBDITCH

A wo­man em­ployed to pro­tect the rep­u­ta­tion of Aberdeen City Coun­cil has re­vealed her job is “bring­ing her down” in an on­line video.

Jil­lian Burns, tasked with pro­mot­ing the im­age of the lo­cal author­ity in her role as a press of­fi­cer, made the com­ments in an ex­ple­tive-rid­dled pub­lic video on pic­ture-shar­ing app In­sta­gram.

Unions have warned of plung­ing staff morale as part of the coun­cil’s mas­sive re­struc­ture pro­gramme, launched to save £125 mil­lion in five years.

Coun­cil bosses in­sist sav­ings are needed to pro­tect ser­vices.

The coun­cil has con­firmed 370 posts will go through trans­fers and not re­cruit­ing for va­cant roles as well as of­fer­ing vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies and early re­tire­ment.

How­ever, Ms Burns blasted the move in the video. She said: “I have come to some re­al­i­sa­tions this week, my full-time work is bring­ing me down.

“Like loads of peo­ple I work at the city coun­cil and I’m told on a daily ba­sis that I might be up for re­dun­dancy, might not be up for re­dun­dancy and you know what? It’s such a s*** en­vi­ron­ment to work in.

“I work with a re­ally cool team but the feel­ing that some­one else has con­trol over your life and that they’re play­ing a game sucks.”

An Aberdeen City Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The views ex­pressed by in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of staff on per­sonal so­cial me­dia ac­counts are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the coun­cil.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion em­ploy­ing more than 8,000 peo­ple, it is not ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment on in­di­vid­ual posts on self-mod­er­at­ing plat­forms.”

The num­ber of in­stances in­volv­ing coun­cil staff tak­ing time off work for psy­cho­log­i­cal rea­sons, in­clud­ing stress and de­pres­sion, in­creased from 51 in De­cem­ber to 77 in Fe­bru­ary.

A Uni­son spokesman said: “The job cuts at Aberdeen City Coun­cil are hav­ing an im­pact on stress

“I’m told on a daily ba­sis I might be up for re­dun­dancy”

OUT­SPO­KEN: Jil­lian Burns has ad­mit­ted on In­sta­gram about coun­cil job pres­sures

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