More than 500 jobs at risk as Dorset Council announces restructure plan

Dorset Council must avoid compulsory job losses as it today (Monday) announced plans to cut its workforce, says UNISON.

“At risk” letters have been sent to employees in five areas of the council including human resources, finance and IT. Staff will now enter a 45-day consultation period.

Dorset County Council, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, Weymouth & Portland and West Dorset merged to form Dorset Council in April.

UNISON Dorset branch secretary Amanda Brown said:

“These proposals will bring a great deal of uncertainty to our members and we will be working hard to ensure the proposals are fit for purpose and, where possible, we can deal with job losses via voluntary redundancies rather than compulsory ones.

“This is the last part of a process to combine six councils and our intention is to give as much support as we can to employees through this change.”