No trust in the National Trust as 140 staff at risk of redundancy

National Trust ScotlandProspect is calling on the Scottish government to intervene into the proposed restructuring of the National Trust for Scotland.

Some 140 staff remain at risk of compulsory redundancy as the union and management continue discussions.

A survey by Prospect revealed 82% of members have no confidence in the trust’s restructure plan, and 88% believe that the proposals will fail to support the aims of conservation and heritage.

Prospect negotiator Ian Perth said: “The strength of feeling among our members is very concerning. The majority of survey participants are not directly affected by the restructure and they are genuinely worried about the future of the charity.”

Only 5% of members surveyed believe that the restructure – as planned – will leave the trust in a stronger position.

Perth added: ”Prospect is engaging positively with the trust and expect the number of compulsory redundancies to be reduced. However, our members are increasingly frustrated by the lack of detail in the plans before them.

“We don’t believe that the trust can continue to implement these proposals when so many questions remain unanswered. Our members are seeking answers to basic questions and so far the responses have been unsatisfactory.

“We are calling on government, the NTS board of trustees and members groups around Scotland to join in the demanding answers and reassurance.

“While it’s natural that organisations will seek to improve their financial position, it’s important that NTS doesn’t forget the reason for its existence.

“The trust’s membership levels are at a record high and Prospect’s many members are concerned that senior management have become far too commercially-focused.”

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