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Merry Christmas from the #Conservatives in Oxfordshire…Council sacks 100 workers just days before Christmas

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Council sacks 100 workers just days before Christmas

Council sacks 100 workers just days before Christmas
Oxfordshire County Council has sacked nearly 100 workers (Picture: Google Street View)

Nearly 100 council staff have been told they are going to be sacked just days before Christmas.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council confirmed on Wednesday 90 staff would leave the organisation after they were told at 12pm the same day they would lose their jobs in February next year.

A council staff member claimed it had caused ‘a crisis’ in morale. They said: ‘The restructuring process has caused people a huge amount of stress.

The 25 biggest Christmas dilemmas we all have to face‘Most were interviewed in October or November but are only finding out today if they will still have a job, just days before Christmas.

‘It is going to have a huge impact on communities and morale is on the floor. I am a long-term employee and have seen lots of these situations, but this is the worst.’

The council said the timing of the redundancies was 'regrettable'
The council said the timing of the redundancies was ‘regrettable’

As part of a reorganisation Oxfordshire County Council has made £7 million of cuts this year and a further £50m in 2015.

The savings are part of a plan to slash £377m from the budget since 2010 until 2020, that will also see funding pulled from 31 of the 44 children’s centres in the county next April.

These latest sacking will be in addition to 24 who accepted voluntary redundancy and another eight children’s centre teachers who were already handed redundancy notices earlier in the year.

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