National Trust for Scotland faces staff cuts
The National Trust for Scotland is set to cut more than a quarter of its staff as the result of a financial crisis.
The NTS, which has more than 500 full-time staff, has announced the move in a bid to cut costs by 10 per cent. It is believed that the majority of the 142 positions at risk are at its Edinburgh headquarters as part of a restructuring of its management.
Union officials from Prospect, the civil service union, says the move will be very damaging for the organisation. Redundancies would be a "devastating blow to Scotland's heritage sector".
Prospect negotiator Ian Perth said: ''Our members are already significantly stretched and continue to do valuable work for the charity in such difficult times.
"We have sought a number of clarifications from the trust and are currently arranging a timetable for engagement."
The NTS said that although the plans will see an overall reduction in numbers, 68 new posts will be created across Scotland.
NTS chief executive Simon Skinner said the trust had opened consultations with the union on a "visionary transformation".
He added: "For those affected, we will be opening up opportunities for voluntary redundancy and will match as many people as possible to new posts in order to keep compulsory redundancy to a minimum.”