Why is it that the views of Hillingdon staff have not been heard?
Because they are not allowed to comment on the plans. Many haven’t even seen them.
Why should they be, Pete? As public servants shouldn’t they just do as they’re told?
Well, no. As adults and citizens they should be as free as anyone involved to publicly discuss the plans and their impact. edit Council confidentiality is one thing. Of course things should be discussed within the council first. But, not sharing plans with those they will impact, and not allowing them to comment on them is quite another thing; it robs them of any chance to meaningfully engage with the changes./edit
This is not people being resistant to change, or just trying to protect their jobs at the expense of ‘the taxpayer’*-rather people being concerned about the service they deliver and how it is being represented, and how it will be affected by the proposed changes.
* They are taxpayers too, as are their families. Me too for that matter. When someone meets “The Taxpayer”, can they let me know- I’d love to talk to them.