Press of­fi­cer lets rip over job sit­u­a­tion

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - 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, who is 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 re­struc­tur­ing pro­gramme which was launched to save £125 mil­lion in five years.

Coun­cil bosses in­sist that the savings are needed to pro­tect ser­vices into the fu­ture.

“I have come to some re­al­i­sa­tions this week”

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.

But 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.”

Ms Burns added that she felt as if some­one was “mess­ing” with her on a daily ba­sis.

Her com­ments come on the back of union lead­ers warn­ing of a “pres­sure cooker” en­vi­ron­ment and low staff morale at the coun­cil.

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