Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds council homes company Morrison to cut jobs

The company that repairs council houses in Leeds is planning to axe 21 jobs.

The GMB union said the joiners and labourers who work for Morrison could be out of work before Christmas.

The firm, which employs 414 people in Leeds, also wants to change working hours so staff work their contractual hours over six days, rather than five.

Morrison said it had to make changes to meet its business requirements. It said it hoped staff who lost their jobs could be redeployed or retrained.

Staff meeting

The firm is also planning to introduce a night shift, which would create 12 new posts.

Jon Smith, regional organiser for the GMB, said: "The bottom line is they are looking at setting other people on but that's in completely different jobs."

He said some of the staff whose jobs were at risk had long service records with the company.

"They are a dedicated workforce, they have worked on the homes of Leeds for over 40 years and out of the blue in 30 days' time they could be on the scrapheap looking for a job at Christmas.

"It's absolutely ludicrous."

Union officials are meeting staff next week to discuss any action they want to take.

'Recruited apprentices'

A spokesman for Morrison said: "In order for us to be able to meet business requirements, it is necessary for us to make some changes to our responsive repairs team's working hours and to rebalance some positions to ensure we have the right skills in place to deliver the work coming in.

"As part of these changes we have placed 21 positions at risk on our responsive repairs team, seven joiners, 12 labourers and two stores handlers.

"However, it is hoped that the majority of these positions will either be redeployed to other teams or contracts within the region or re-trained through our Yorkshire training academy."

The firm said it was not reducing its workforce as the introduction of a night shift would lead to the creation of 12 posts and it had also recruited 27 young apprentices in Yorkshire in the past two months.

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