Highlands & Islands

Highland Council grass-cutter redundancies avoided

Local authority grass-cutting staff, who feared redundancy after their work was handed to a private contractor, will be kept on, the council has said.

Highland Council said a recruitment freeze had made it possible to redeploy all the 55 staff, except one worker who would be joining the new contractor.

Outsourcing the service is expected to save the council £1.36m over three years.

The local authority worked with unions on redeploying the employees.

Union leaders had raised concerns over redundancies and said those moving to the contractor would only have seasonal employment and not full-time as they do with the council.

Under the original plans, 22 staff were to transfer to the contractor and 33 posts were at risk of redundancy.

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