Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sixty job losses at South Yorkshire transport executive

South Yorkshire tram
Image caption South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has blamed budget cuts for the job losses

The organisation which supervises public transport services in South Yorkshire is to shed 60 jobs.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) said it was axing the posts "with much regret" because of "budget cuts".

SYPTE said the latest job losses would bring the total number of staff cut since 2011 to 100, or 30% of the workforce.

The union Unison described the job losses as "absolutely dreadful".

SYPTE said it had submitted a 90-day redundancy notice to the government and had started talks with trade unions.

'Totally appalled'

David Brown, SYPTE director general, said: "We are all aware that the country's economic difficulties are continuing and all public sector organisations are subsequently facing budget cuts.

"SYPTE is no different, and it is with much regret that we need to make difficult decisions with regard to the deployment of the budget and associated resources."

Mr Brown added that it was hoped the cuts could be achieved through voluntary redundancies and early retirements.

Imelda Bennett, regional organiser for Unison, said she was "totally appalled by the level of cuts".

Ms Bennett said: "We've pushed as hard as we can for the employer to deal with the redundancies through voluntary means.

"But, I'm not over-confident about that at all."

If approved, the cuts to the workforce will be completed by March 2013.

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