News : Almost 30 Western Isles Workers Receive Redundancy Notices
Stornoway, Scotland, Jan 21, 2015 -- All staff at a call centre in Stornoway have received redundancy notices.
Some 27 workers have received letters advising them that Consumer Advice Direct (CAD) have "decided to make them redundant" from the end of March.
CAD – an arm of the Citizens Advice Bureau – is competing for the renewal of a government contract. If the tender goes elsewhere, the island staff will lose their jobs.
Flora Somerville, the local Unison union branch organiser, said: "We understand that whilst discussions are ongoing regarding a further one-year contract, this cannot be guaranteed.
"Neither is it clear whether CAD would continue to operate from Stornoway should a further contract be negotiated."
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She added: "We appreciate that CAD have to abide by the legal requirements for redundancies however, we are disappointed with the insensitive tone and timing of their letter.
"The potential loss of 27 jobs from our already fragile local economy is unacceptable.
"Every effort must be made to ensure the future of the CAD service in Stornoway."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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