UK - The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced 12,000 jobs will be eliminated in the next three years and 200 offices closed as part of on-going efficiency measures, having recently announced an 11% rise in productivity.
A spokesperson told Global Pensions the redundancies would hopefully come through natural waste and the department hoped for minimal forced job-losses.
Over the past three years, the department has shed 30,000 jobs, although the spokesperson said the changing nature of its activities, with increasing amounts of work conducted online and over the telephone, made such changes possible.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents DWP workers, criticised the announcement. It called the plans "a dogmatic policy of privatisation" and promised to raise the matter with the Cabinet Office.
Commenting, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "This announcement comes as yet another blow to a workforce who have battled to provide a service in the face of swingeing cuts and below inflation pay increases.
"These plans for job cuts and privatisation are purely about crude cost cutting and will do nothing to improve service delivery to some of the most disadvantaged in society."
The DWP's statement continued: "We are confident that, in the great majority of cases, the further reductions announced today will not mean anyone leaving the department who wants to stay."
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