Bosses allay cut rumours

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A ROW has broken out over potential job losses at a Fylde Government site with claims 300 posts are set to go.

Workers from the shared services department at Norcross have contacted The Gazette and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union to say they have been informed by managers that jobs are moving away to other areas of the country, including Cardiff.

Two members of staff – who wished to remain anonymous – contacted the Gazette to say their jobs were under threat.

And secretary of the Fylde Central Benefits and Services Branch of the PCS Duncan Griffiths said: “In times of high unemployment in the Blackpool area we feel that rather than moving some work and jobs to other areas of the country, such as Cardiff, work and jobs should be retained.

“The future is bleak in terms of job security for many members on the Fylde. When the employer advises members their work is due to move away from the area, to then not put this in writing and supply details is unacceptable.”

The union said it feared up to 300 jobs could be under threat.

But DWP bosses denied any job moves were afoot when contacted by The Gazette.

A DWP spokesman said: “There is no truth in the rumour that 300 jobs from the Norcross DWP office will be relocating to any other parts of the country including Cardiff.”

PCS branch chairman Martin Jones said relations with management at the site were at an all-time low.

He added: “There’s no actual senior manager workers can go to on the site.

“Years ago, everyone reported to one senior officer on each site but that doesn’t happen now. We send letters and they don’t reply.

“The problem is that management stopped industrial relations with us in 2003 and they have not reopened them.

“We’re talking to all of the MPs in the area with a view to getting more jobs brought in to the Fylde coast.

“But is seems the best we can expect is that they don’t take work away.

“It’s not a good situation to be in.”