100 jobs are to be cut from the Environment Agency (EA) by September this year, according to GMB Union, which says this is “a step backwards”.
The Environment Agency has confirmed that around 100 staff are to be cut in the following directorates: Environment and Business; Operations; Corporate Services; Evidence; Deputy Chief Executive; and, Communications.
Cutting any jobs at the EA is “utterly ludicrous” as the recent floods have shown, says GMB.
GMB – “This is a backward step, rather than cutting jobs the EA should be properly funded by central government so that it can employ more people now there is an increased chance of large winter storms which cause wide-spread damage and destruction”
Last year, George Osborne announced that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which funds the EA, would have its daily spending cut by 15% over the next four years in a move to eliminate the deficit.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer said: “Cutting any jobs at the Environment Agency is utterly ludicrous as the recent floods have shown us. The Environment Agency announcement that up to 100 jobs will go by 30th September 2016 will affect all the services it provides to the public including its ability to respond when storms and floods hit our shores.
“The government, who are driving these cuts, has clearly forgotten the devastation caused by the recent winter floods in 2013/14 and 2015/2016, which affected thousands of families. The public however have not forgotten and neither have the GMB members who worked day and night to try and protect our towns and cities.
“This is a backward step, rather than cutting jobs the EA should be properly funded by central government so that it can employ more people now there is an increased chance of large winter storms which cause wide-spread damage and destruction.”