Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Oppose 'Cheap' MoD Payoffs for 10,000 Jobs

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Oppose 'Cheap' MoD Payoffs for 10,000 Jobs

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The Ministry of Defence will announce details of a 10,000 reduction in civil service posts this week, but unions have warned staff against accepting the severance package on offer.

MoD officials plan to slash 11,500 posts by 2008 as part of the government's £40bn Whitehall efficiency agenda. Up to 10,000 UK-based posts and 1,500 overseas jobs will be cut. An MoD spokesman confirmed that an internal announcement on the UK posts was set for March 18.

Public Finance has learned that the MoD will propose a standard 'flexible retirement' programme to meet its target.

Staff thinking of leaving the department over the next few years, and those set to retire soon, will be encouraged to join an early release scheme that will run until 2008. …

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