More than half of voluntary sector workers 'are worried about redundancy'

Unite survey reveals 55 per cent are concerned about job losses, and 63 per cent fear funding cuts to their charity


More than 60 per cent of voluntary sector workers are worried about funding cuts, a survey by the trade union Unite has found.

More than 2,000 people responded to the email survey, which was sent to 35,000 Unite members and promoted to non-members through Facebook and Twitter.

The survey asked workers about their main employment concerns, such as funding, job losses and stress.

Sixty-three per cent of respondents said they were worried about funding cuts to their organisation and 55 per cent were worried about redundancies. Fifty-three per cent of respondents said they were worried about stress levels.

The union has released a series of resources to help charities cope with the impact of cuts, including online services and conference calls that can explain to members how to handle redundancy and how to challenge local authority cuts.

Rachael Maskell, national officer for the voluntary sector at Unite, said the service was designed to empower members worried about the cuts.

"The sector has been strangely silent on cuts," she said. "Many people have been afraid to bite the hand that feeds them. We want to help people speak out, right across the sector.

"The scale of the cuts is really frightening – right across the sector people are thinking that it could be them."

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