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School janitors up in arms over rumours they’ll be cut

Janitors say their job demands much more than the tasks traditionally associated with the role

Janitors say their job demands much more than the tasks traditionally associated with the role

Four worried janitors have urged council education chiefs to scrap plans to replace them with a new school maintenance scheme.

The Herald understands that East Dunbartonshire councillors are set to meet in private to talk over plans which would spell the end of each school having a dedicated janitor.

Instead a general janitorial resource would cover a number of different schools.

School parent representatives have already hit out at the potential cash-saving measures.

And now a group of janitors have contacted the Herald with their concerns, listing the many duties they carry out - from clearing up mess and setting up equipment to monitoring CCTV and supervising children.

One janitor said: “We find it nearly impossible to believe that the council would let all this experience and skill disappear, only to be replaced by someone with very little or no skill whatsoever and possibly put security and safety at risk within the school environment.

“It is plainly clear that the powers that be have no idea about the day-to-day running of schools and the duties that the janitors fulfil.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, told the Herald that the services were under review, with employees consulted and discussions under way with the Trades Union.

 

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