As part of it’s plan to save £100 million a year in costs following the coronavirus pandemic. And the impact it has had on tourism, heritage and conservation charity National Trust has said that it will be axing nearly 1,300 jobs.
National Trust to axe 1300 staff: They warned back in July that due to a huge fall in visitors during lockdown. And the following safety measures they had to make they would be making staff redundant. It will be making 514 compulsory redundancies following consultations. Additionally a further 782 staff have opted to take voluntary redundancy. It will also gain $41 million a year in cost-cutting measures. Which will include the reduction of travel and office costs. Also saving on marketing and printing costs, instead concentrating on digital communications.
The director general of the National Trust, Hilary McGrady, paid tribute to everyone involved. And said “It’s with deep sadness that we have to make redundancies. It’s been a difficult process with some very hard choices. I want to thank everyone who has been involved. Especially those whose jobs have been affected and the members and volunteers who care so passionately about the Trust.
They’ve really tested the ideas put forward. And helped shape our proposals so that we are in the best possible position to recover well. This is a very painful time for so many organisations, businesses and communities. The Trust is only as strong as it is because of its people. Our staff, volunteers and supporters.
No leader wants to be forced into announcing any redundancies. However, coronavirus means we simply have no other choice if we want to give the charity a sustainable future. We have exhausted every other avenue to find savings. But sadly we now have to come to terms with the fact that we will lose some colleagues.
We will do all we can to support those who are leaving. Also others affected by these significant changes.
In making these changes now, I am confident we will be well-placed to face the challenges ahead. Protecting the places that visitors love and nature needs. And ensuring our conservation work continues long into the future”.
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