200 fire service staff to lose jobs

By Matthew Bates Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 11/10 09:50

THE FIRE Officers Association has hit out after learning more than 200 fire service jobs will go.

Some of the service's lowest paid workers are set to face the axe including cleaners, cooks and support staff.

The association described the move as a "disappointing and depressing reflection" of the pressures created by cuts in public service funding.

And bosses claimed it came just a week after they were promised no staff would be made redundant.

The service said it hoped the majority of posts would go through voluntary redundancies.

Up to 214 jobs are under threat at all fire stations in the West Midlands.

The fire service told the union: "The Fire Authority needs to achieve substantial savings in order to achieve the budget reductions required by the Government.

"This requires the Authority to reduce its costs and maximise its available resources.

"The commencement of a voluntary redundancy exercise will seek to enable the Service to bring about the changes without the need for compulsory redundancies."

Last week the union claimed more than 2,000 jobs were under threat unless workers accepted new employment terms.

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