The shadow Dorset Council has been looking at a merger of services, job roles and local councils.
Unison claims women will lose more jobs under the plan. They are also afraid of job losses in the existing council before the new Dorset Council comes into office in April 2019.
They wrote a letter saying, “Concerns have already been raised by our members that the new authority will have few women in senior positions, that in the two areas likely to suffer the brunt of the redundancies (Environment and Support Services) it seems likely many more women will face losing their jobs.”
In response, Councillor Peter Wharf of the shadow council said, “The budget paper seen by the Shadow Executive Committee on 15 October outlined the plans to combine some services currently delivered across existing councils.
“The work on this is only just starting and so there is no indication yet of any specific implications. We will carry out equality checks on any process that we put in place.
“Employees will be consulted on any proposed changes from January. There will be no compulsory redundancies before April.
“The original business case, which is now 18 months old, gave indications that around 440 jobs would be lost across the two new authorities, Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. These numbers will be revised as we begin to work on more detailed plans.”
Wharf added that the aim of the exercise is to make the council more efficient.