Final NTS proposals leave 90 staff at risk

Final NTS proposals leave 90 staff at risk

The National Trust for Scotland's final restructuring plans leave 90 staff at risk of redundancy, despite progress being made during the 90-day consultation process, says Prospect.

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Negotiator Ian Perth said: “We had a detailed and robust dialogue with the Trust throughout the consultation period, but found the lack of detail on aspects of the proposals extremely frustrating.

“The Trust has now outlined its final position on the restructure and we remain concerned about the plans and the commercial direction of the charity.

"However, it would be unfair not to note the chief executive's significant efforts in recent weeks to reduce the level of compulsory redundancies.  

“We welcome the Trust's decision to rethink its plans to scrap the Uplands Paths Team, as well as the positive move to retain significantly more conservation, archaeology and building surveyor roles than had initially been proposed.

“In the original proposals, 142 staff were at risk of compulsory redundancy. Following our discussions, this could be between 25 and 90, depending on staff appetite and abilities to fulfil newly-created roles.

“NTS assured Prospect that the 90 ‘at risk’ staff will be given priority when applying for the newly created roles.‘’

Perth added: “I think the Trust would be wrong to spend charitable donations gathered from the public and NTS members on forcing loyal members of staff to leave on compulsory redundancy terms, and then make external appointments.

"There is an abundance of skills and experience among the 90 staff who remain at risk and we hope that the majority of those who want to stay can be accommodated.

“Every compulsory redundancy is devastating for the individual affected and we’ll be focused on supporting members through what will be a very difficult and uncertain number of weeks.”

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