I said I’d write more about opprotunities for redeployment once I understood them. Well, here’s what the staff handout says:
“… staff wishing to redeploy from a closing office to the Croydon or Peterborough offices– or other offices where there are vacancies– will be able to do so […] Any staff relocating will be supported, where necessary, with relocation assistance on the basis of the current Land Registry relocation scheme.” (My note: There are a couple of provisos regarding grade and posts, but this applies to the majority.)
That’s most certainly a change from the original proposals. Looks very much like an assurance that if you want a transfer you can have one, regradless of the number of posts and number applying. The union seem to confirm this in their handout:
“Members in these offices identified for closure have both the right to redeploy from a closing office to the Croydon or Peterborough offices, or to re-deploy to other Land Registry offices where there are vacancies. This would be with relocation assistance on the basis of the current Land Registry relocation scheme. This was not an option available to PCS members in these offices, back in October 2009. Alternatively they would also have the opportunity to acquiesce to redundancy on compulsory terms.”
That’s a good thing, surely. A lifeline for many staff, and listening to colleagues chatting around the office it sounds like a lot of peoople will certainly be considering it.
I’ve not said anything yet about my personal reaction to the announcement. Curiously, it’s this element – the fact that a transfer is now an easily accessible and viable option – that has left me in turmoil. But I’ll have to say more about that in a later post.