Redundancies are devastating blow to Scotland’s heritage sector

Redundancies are devastating blow to Scotland’s heritage sector

The National Trust for Scotland risks damage to its long-term aims by pursuing short-term cost savings, Prospect has warned, after the conservation charity announced details of a restructure that could see up to 139 staff made redundant.

The union, which represents hundreds of specialists and support staff at NTS, has been working to ensure members’ jobs are protected, ever since the plans were first mooted in January. The stated intention has been to reduce running costs by 10% and simplify the management structure.

‘’Today’s announcement is a devastating blow to Scotland’s heritage sector,” said Prospect negotiator Ian Perth.

“Our members are already significantly stretched and continue to do valuable work for the charity in such difficult times.

“We are concerned that the trust’s proposals rely heavily on replacing full-time staff with contractors. Although a move like this can show short-term cost reductions, they risk damaging the trust in the long-term.”

Prospect has welcomed the commitment not to cut jobs at property locations, but fears the removal of vital central functions will lead to difficulties for members at trust properties.

Perth added: “Over the course of the 90-day consultation, which begins today, we will work with our members to ensure the Trust does everything possible to minimise compulsory redundancies.

“The trust has committed to fully engaging with Prospect throughout the consultation process and we intend to leave no stone unturned in an effort to support our members. We have sought a number of clarifications from the trust and are currently arranging a timetable for engagement.”

For further information contact:
Ian Perth
0131 558 5287 (w)
07770 304491 (m)
Andrew Child
020 7902 6681 (w)
07770 304480 (m)