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Edinburgh Council workers face reduced hours plan

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Edinburgh City Council needs to find 90m in efficiency savings by 2012

Workers at Edinburgh City Council have been asked to work reduced hours or take unpaid leave to stave off the threat of redundancy.

The authority needs to find £90m in efficiency savings by 2012. About 17,000 staff have been told some lay offs will still be necessary.

Councillors have already approved plans to bring in private companies to run some services.

The public service union Unison said it welcomed flexibility for workers.

However, it also said it wanted the council to be honest about which areas are facing cuts.

John Stevenson, of Unison, said: "Our concern is that if some staff do this, what happens to the ones that are left and how their workflow is managed.

"We don't want this to be cuts by stealth. We wouldn't oppose any flexibility for staff. We just want honesty about cuts in services.

"For instance, we wouldn't see this as being an option for frontline social workers who currently have unfilled vacancies in all their teams."

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