Magazine article Public Finance

Westminster Workers Face Job Losses If They Will Not Relocate to Scotland

Magazine article Public Finance

Westminster Workers Face Job Losses If They Will Not Relocate to Scotland

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The outsourcing company planning to shift hundreds of council jobs from London to the Scottish Highlands will not offer skilled staff equivalent positions in the capital if they refuse to move 580 miles north.

Senior officers at Westminster City Council this week confirmed that Vertex, which operates a £1bn contract for the London borough, could simply offer staff any vacant job if they reject a transfer.

Vertex wants to cut costs by shifting at least 160 staff posts to Dingwall, northwest of Inverness. It has said it would offer all staff who reject moves to Scotland 'the opportunity to remain... in Westminster or other locations in the Southeast'.

But Vic Bayliss, Westminsters director of customer services initiatives (CSI), told Public Finance that he expected 'few, if any' London employees to request transfers to Dingwall.

Asked whether the council would guarantee staff equivalent positions elsewhere in the Southeast, Bayliss added: 'No. Vertex has been very clear from the outset that, under the terms of the CSI contract, that is not required. …

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