Forty people are at risk of redundancy at Enterprise Peterborough after the private firm which carries out Peterborough City Council services announced a further restructuring.
Coming just over a year after 18 roles were slashed - affecting 47 workers - Enterprise has started talks with staff whose roles are at risk of redundancy.
Enterprise, which carries out services such as waste collection and grounds maintenance for the council, has said it has recently created 14 new jobs, but a lack of investment in major capital projects has meant roles could be cut in environmental services, property management, building cleaning and maintenance departments.
Richard Oldfield, partnership director, said: “We are continuing to simplify and refine our structure and have created around 14 new and different roles that will support our delivery of quality front line services, from street care to recycling and property management.
“Some of these positions may be filled by the back office and support services roles that are being put ‘at risk’ across the organisation.
“We would like to stress that the delivery of front-line services, such as refuse and recycling, will not be affected.
“We hope to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies in every way we can.”
Mark Burn, assistant branch secretary of Unison at the council, said: “There now have been many job losses to the extent that it poses the question why and how will Enterprise continue to run services for the residents of Peterborough.
“We were told that Enterprise would make Peterborough the hub for its eastern England arm with growth and more jobs, it is sad to say that this now looks a very hollow statement. We were told that the private sector have more finances to improve and maintain jobs and enable a rich growth of services.”
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