Unions unite against Environment Agency job cuts

Four of the UK’s biggest unions say the cuts do not make financial sense and will increase flooding and environmental risks

Unions representing around 7,000 Environment Agency workers have started jointly campaigning against the body’s plan to cut 15% of its staff.

They say the cuts, being made in response to declining DEFRA funding, are a “false economy”.

GMB, Prospect, Unison and Unite announced the move on Monday (25 November). It comes just days after ENDS revealed the cuts could impact greatly on the agency’s flood prevention and illegal waste work.

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