It was always a bit of a joke that the only jobs for Salford people at Media City would be doing security. Now it looks like even that option is totally dwindling. Today, security staff working for G4S which has the contract for guarding the Salford Quays site, were informed that Peel Holdings is revising its security levels with a probable loss of jobs.
The GMB trade union, which represents G4S workers at Media City, told the Salford Star that consultation on job losses begins tonight.
"G4S has had instructions from its customer at Media City to proceed with revised security levels" said Jackie French GMB trade union officer "This is following on from an internal review. G4S has made GMB trade union aware that these changes are to take affect from 1st July and G4S intends to re-deploy as many officers as possible to avoid redundancies. The consultation process will begin this evening and GMB reps will be in attendance."
No official figure of job losses has been announced yet but the Salford Star understands that it could be up to 20% of staff or around 15 jobs including a recruitment freeze. Ironically, there are 15 Salford people employed by G4S at Media City (see here).
One worker told us: "The staff are shocked and concerned; they thought they would have been on the site a lot longer than they were and cannot understand why not. Staff have got families and homes to worry about."
Security issues at Media City recently made national headlines when an e-mail to new BBC staff was leaked which stated that Salford was "a different kettle of fish" to their London HQ, and some BBC employees were offered personal security guards to their cars and trams.
We asked Peel Media, the Pel Holdings subsidiary which runs the MediaCityUK, for a statement but were informed that "We don't have any comment/statement on this".
The BBC told us that it never comments on security matters. G4S stated that "it would not be appropriate for us to comment on any of our customer's current or future security arrangements. Any specifics concerning Media City should be directed to them". And a spokesperson for Salford Council added "This isn't an issue for us to comment on. The security/staffing arrangements at MediaCityUK are a matter for them".
Update: 16th May 2012
The Salford Star can now confirm that there will be the equivalent of 14 jobs lost in security at MediaCityUK plus one downgraded post, as Peel Media looks for a reduction of 484 hours in its contract with G4S Secure Solutions.
An e-mail from G4S to its Media City employees states that the changes will come in on July 1st this year and “will result in a reduction in the staffing requirement and will consequently have a direct impact on all employees who are currently employed on this site…as a consequence of the reduction in positions at this site, your job role is ‘At Risk’ of redundancy.”
Staff are being consulted over the next month about the redundancies. The full list of job cuts are…
Removal of CCTV Supervisor role @ 168 hours per week
Reduction in Security Officer requirement @ 222 hours per week
Reduction in Permit Office requirement @ 44 hours per week
Removal of Snr Supervisor deployment at PML Offices @ 50 hours per week
Senior Supervisor role replaced with the position of Duty Manager which will have a specific and revised Job Description.
Based on a 35 hour week this adds up to around 14 full time jobs plus one job downgraded.