Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Llandudno will be the Cardiff of the North

Senior Civil Servants from Cardiff have promised staff in North Wales that the proposed Llandudno office which was due to open in late 2008, will serve the whole of Wales in the same way as the office based in Cardiff. Staff have also been promised that Llandudno Junction will also mean more job opportunities and career development for staff.

Staff in North Wales see this differently:

650 people are expected to work there, of whom 160 will be transferred from Cardiff. In reality, this means that 490 staff will be pulled from all the other Assembly offices in the North Wales area that are set to close. The remaining 160 jobs that are said to be transferring from Cardiff are mainly in non-managerial grades (support staff), leaving the statement "more job opportunities and career development for staff" as empty and meaningless. If the potential vacancies aren't of a higher grade or different set of skills, then how can they be seen as an opportunity to develop one's career?

The staff know this and are disappointed that those in authority are taking them for fools. Staff must be asking themselves whether or not false hope is better than no hope.


David 27 November 2007 at 11:17  

This seems more of an exercise in making the government appear to care about the whole of Wales than anything else.

Anonymous 27 November 2007 at 13:58  

The politicians have also seemed to promise a few crumbs to the people of North Wales this year.

Rebecca 27 November 2007 at 15:03  

To be fair the Cardiff office doesn't serve the whole of Wales so their statement may be true.

Anonymous 27 November 2007 at 16:42  

Oh any old excuse to keep these Cardiffians in Cardiff. Move the bloody jobs out to the provinces, if the Cardiffians don't want to go, sack 'em. Of course it's a good thing.

Anonymous 27 November 2007 at 16:59  

Don't think it works like that. The ones that work in Cardiff will be moved to other jobs, creating vacancies at a lower grade, which can then be advertised in the North.

Glyn Davies 27 November 2007 at 17:40  

And just what did you expect? Perhaps you were daft enough to believe the press releases that were put out by the Government when it decided to build create a new grand control centre in Llandudno.

Miss Wagstaff 27 November 2007 at 18:47  

Perhaps they were daft enough to believe all the hype. To me the 'Grand Control Centre' as Glyn describes, is a covenient way to get rid of all the costly smaller buildings that are scattered all over North Wales. The same must apply to the GCC in Aberystwyth.

Anonymous 27 November 2007 at 21:53  

As from today there'll be even fewer jobs with WAG announcing around 100 redundancies. This is on top of a near freze on recruitment and promotion for most of the last year.

Anonymous 27 November 2007 at 23:16  

In what area/grade are the redundancies?

Anonymous 28 November 2007 at 00:40  

A variety of grades including some senior civil servants in the South East.

Amazingly, for a Government that claims to work in partnership with absolutely everyone, consultation on the redundancies has not taken place with WAG's unions. They even boast of it in their fact sheet for staff by saying "they [the unions] were not given sufficient time to negotiate and agree the process or the criteria [for redundancies]".

WAG set up a team to introduce these redundancies months ago, the unions were only "made aware" of them "shortly before the launch".

Miss Wagstaff 28 November 2007 at 09:08  

Thank you for your comments and the update.

Anonymous 29 November 2007 at 20:56  

I was speaking to one whose job move to North Wales, if he doesn’t go he has no job,
The move to Merthyr was the same
That created bloody traffic jams and not a lot else.

Miss Wagstaff 29 November 2007 at 21:04  

VM - I was led to believe that they've a certain amount of time to apply for other jobs within the organisation.

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