From the TUC

Cuts Watch #232: Map printing at Ordnance Survey

07 Sep 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Ordnance Survey is to outsource the printing of its maps for the first time in more than 200 years, threatening the jobs of 38 workers. Ben Middleton, negotiator for Prospect, said:

The proposed savings are tiny in relation to overall annual turnover. These cuts will save around £6m over five years at an organisation with a turnover of more than £110m a year – worth about one per cent. It may seem a small number of jobs at risk compared to what is happening everywhere else. But our members fear this is the thin end of the wedge for the dismantling and dispersal of one of the country’s oldest government departments, whose reliable and iconic products are extremely popular with the public