Angry union leaders have accused the council of finding a job for one of their own while sacking 366 staff and axeing another 333 vacant posts.
Last night, Labour members pressed ahead with the appointment of Coun Hassan Ahmed as the eighth portfolio holder on the executive. He will be responsible for economic development and skills.
Coun Graham Chapman, deputy Labour leader insisted he would provide extra focus on the economy and said savings in councillors’ budgets would fund the post. The savings are yet to be agreed, but could include budget and pay cuts.
Regional officer at Unison, Ravi Subramanian, said he was “staggered” at the decision.”
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