Press officer lets rip over job situation
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.