Environment Agency workers still face redundancies

Responding to today’s announcement by the Environment Agency that plans to make 1500 staff redundant are being put on hold due to the floods crisis, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:
“This announcement is no stay of execution for any Environment Agency worker threatened with redundancy.  It is simply an acknowledgement that there are so many workers needed to manage the floods crisis, that it is impossible to carry out a consultation. This in itself should be a wake-up call to the Government that further staff cuts are a nonsense.
“It will come as no consolation to the thousands of Environment Agency workers who have been working day and night for the past two months to save lives and protect property.
“While it is obvious that dealing with the floods should be the number one priority, it is a disgrace that once the waters recede many of these hard working, highly-skilled workers will become dispensable once more.”