Redundancies at Diabetes UK

Union tries to extend deadline beyond Christmas

  • A correction has been added to this story - see final paragraph.

Thirty-five Diabetes UK staff could lose their jobs before Christmas as part of cost-saving moves expected to cut a total of 57 out of 273 positions.

A consultation on the plans will close on 17 December, with redundancies to be announced soon afterwards. Twenty-two vacant posts have been frozen by the charity under the plans.

Jamie Major, regional officer for trade union Unite, said he was trying to extend the deadline because of the "particularly difficult" timing.

One employee, concerned by proposals to cut the volunteering team, told Third Sector the atmosphere was "just horrendous". Staff were unhappy over the creation of a new director-level post when jobs were being shed, the employee said.

A spokesman for the charity said it was "not immune to the troubled economy" and attempts to avoid redundancies by cutting non-staff costs and introducing a partial recruitment freeze had been inadequate. He said the director of engagement post was replacing the currently vacant role of director of operations.

  • Diabetes UK has pointed out that the figure for the total number of jobs should include the 22 frozen posts and is therefore 295 rather than 273

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