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Union to protest over Environment Agency jobs cull

Union activists will stage a protest outside a meeting at which they fear details will be given of plans to press ahead with redundancies at the Environment Agency.

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GMB: EA redundancies put on hold 'is a sham'

GMB official Paul Maloney said that a planned protest has been organised "because last week's EA announcement that consultation on redundancies has been put on hold is a sham".

This meeting shows that the EA is pressing on with the 1,700 redundancies as soon as the floods have receded. Management wants the meeting to discuss how the delay in consultation impacts on the timetable for job losses.

This is a ludicrous state of affairs - have government learned nothing from the current floods?

At the root of the current flooding crisis are successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets to unsustainable levels.

What we need to see now is a clear commitment from Government to stop the redundancy process and to take the job cuts off the table.

– GMB official Paul Malone

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