Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Borough council refutes rumours of redundancies and cost-cutting at Regent Theatre

11:30 20 March 2014

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Archant

Staffing changes at Ipswich Regent Theatre have required workers to reapply for their jobs - but are not “cost-cutting measures”, their employer insists.

shares

Ipswich Borough Council, which runs the theatre, said the changes were intended to give the staff greater employment rights and refuted suggestions of staff redundancies to make budget savings.

A borough spokesman said: “There are no cost-cutting measures relating to the people who work at our Regent Theatre.

“We are changing the way we employ some of them because they work there regularly and as such are entitled to full employment rights such as holidays and sick pay. Previously, they have been on casual contracts without such rights.”

The council said the new approach will give the employees a “guaranteed number of hours” in a number of different roles.

“We are asking people who have been on casual contracts previously to let us know which roles and how many hours they want to be contracted for so we can ensure we have a fair and transparent process and can ensure that we have the right skills in the right places,” the spokesman added.

“The council is working closely with those affected and with Unison to minimise the impact of the process of delivering this change which is ultimately beneficial to the workforce.”

shares

5 comments

  • Just get rid of it, the place has cost a fortune to keep open the tax payers mead a break,

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Don't be fooled by the 'Spiel' that it will be "beneficial to the workforce.” Ask any of the vast number of losers who have lost out moneywise due to the Councils Single Statue Harmonisation?

    Report this comment

    PAFC

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Should have said need a break

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • No, they haven't "refuted" the rumours. They've DENIED the rumours. There's a big difference between the two.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • @beerlover Don't let it bother you, it's the Star you'll soon get used to it.

    Report this comment

    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The hunt is on for Britain's best beach hut - and these huts at Southwold could harbour a winner. PHOTO: Warren Page/ Anglia Press Agency

Nominations have opened for a competition to find Britain’s favourite beach hut.

Therese Coffey is declared the MP for Suffolk Coastal In the parliamentary elections at Martlesham.

Speaker John Bercow lost his temper with Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey and health secretary Jeremy Hunt today for using their mobile phones on the front bench.

Lexden Road - stock photo

A man who lost his temper and pushed a 67-year-old stranger into the path of a car on a busy road, resulting in him being rushed to hospital with multiple fractures, has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

Will Quince, Colchester MP, addresses a National Citizen Service event

The government will seek to learn lessons from two brutal knife murders committed by a teenager in Colchester, a minister has said.

John McGreal has been appointed as Colchester United's First Team Coach.
L-R Tony Hulme,Robbie Cowling,John McGreal.

Carl Marston spoke to new Colchester United boss John McGreal, as well as chairman Robbie Cowling, following this afternoon’s announcement.

Theres not long left to sign up to be part of Suffolks biggest neon party on Saturday, May 7.
.
L-R Sam Catling,Tracy New, Pauline Donkin, Brian Taylor, Jack Nicholl, Joanne Rodger, Nikki Brown, Catherine Sheppard.

There are just days left to sign up to be part of Suffolk’s biggest neon party this weekend.

Police are investigating the accident

A young boy has been taken to hospital after he was clipped by a car in Bildeston, near Stowmarket, this afternoon.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24