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Removal Of Janitor Causes Fury
Furious Cleland Primary parents have hit out at the decision to remove their school janitor as part of the council’s budget cuts. The decision to axe the janitor has prompted the angry parents to organise a petition aimed at saving the janitor’s job.
The petition has already received 500 signatures of support with members of the school’s parent council also organising a protest outside the school gates.
Andy Williams, from the school’s parent council, said: “Cleland Primary is the only school in the Murdouston Ward out of eight schools that is losing its janitor. Just how did the council come to this decision bearing in mind that there are smaller schools with less pupils in the ward that aren’t being affected?
“Cleland Primary School’s intake is on the up so surely it should retain its janitor? She is integral to the daily running of the school.”
Last month, North Lanarkshire councillors announced as part of their 2017/17 budget that seven posts would go following a review of the janitorial and janitor/cleaning services in eight smaller schools, saving £133,000.
A council spokesman said: “As a result of disproportionate cuts from the Scottish Government to our budget, the council had no choice but to implement £19.5million of savings in 2016/17. We are unable to comment on individual employees’ circumstances.
“However, it’s important to stress there will be no compulsory redundancies as part of the savings for 2016/17.
“Where posts are removed we will work with staff to find suitable redeployment opportunities.”
The parents campaign has received the support of MSP John Pentland and councillors John Taggart and Robert McKendrick.
Councillor McKendrick said: “I ask all of the people, not only in Cleland but all over the Murdostoun Ward from Newmains to Coltness, Morningside to Dalziel Park, Cleland to Cambusnethan and Parkside to Bogside to support Kay and all the pupils.”
John Pentland added: “I am seeking clarification from North Lanarkshire Council about exactly what is being proposed, including what alternative support would be forthcoming and whether there is scope for consultation and discussion.”