'Two weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can't wait': Real-life 'David Brent' boss signs off email revealing dozens of council redundancies... by sharing his summer holiday plans
- Terry Dunn told workers about his upcoming holiday in redundancy email
- He also told staff about a punk rock festival he was attending in Blackpool
- Union boss has compared him to comic character David Brent
A council chief has been compared to comedy boss David Brent after signing off a redundancy email by telling staff about his holidays and favourite punk bands.
Terry Dunn, head of Wigan Council's environment department, told workers how he was looking forward to his two-week break in the Canary Islands after his wedding while updating them on the authority's plans to lose dozens of jobs.
But the email did not go down too well with the hundreds of staff in the council's environment department, while a top union boss has described it as 'inappropriate' and compared it to the comic character played by Ricky Gervais in The Office.
'Inappropriate': Terry Dunn (left), head of Wigan Council's environment department, has been compared to David Brent (right) after telling staff about his holiday in an email about redundancies
In the email Mr Dunn told workers: 'We are now consulting on the final stage of our restructure and you may or may not be directly impacted... If you are involved I can fully appreciate the concerns you will have and just ask for your patience...'
But after updating staff on other on-going developments, he added: 'On the home front; off to a punk rock festival in Blackpool this Friday. The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and the Buzzcocks are amongst the acts playing so those old enough may remember them. I am really looking forward to it as it forms a big part of my past.'
He then added: 'Wedding 6 weeks this Saturday followed by 2 weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can’t wait.'
The email is understood to have been received by about 200 members of staff at Wigan Council.
One worker said: 'The restructure affects everybody. Many job titles have changed and staff have to reapply for their own jobs, if they still have them. So not good times for Wigan employees.'
Kevan Nelson, Unison’s north west secretary, said: 'It is a bit David Brent. He probably meant it well but has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff.
Message: The full email Terry Dunn sent to staff in Wigan Council's environment department
'I recognise there is a style of management where you don’t want to appear overly-autocratic, but talking about your plans when people’s livelihoods are in the balance is not a good idea.'
Mr Dunn, who joined Wigan Council straight from school in the early 80s, is responsible for waste, roads and recycling in Greater Manchester’s second-biggest council.
The council, which needs to cut 200 jobs this year to save £18.8m, said the senior manager was responding to staff feedback which called for more ‘personalised’ messages.
A spokesman said: 'Terry Dunn has been employed by Wigan Council since he was taken on as an apprentice and has worked at virtually every level of the organisation. He has known many of our staff for 20 years.
'These are tough times in local government. We’re trying to communicate with employees as best we can while we go through difficult changes.
'Terry meant no harm and is sorry if he’s caused offence on this occasion.
'He has an excellent record of handling staffing issues seriously and sensitively.'
A work colleague also told the Manchester Evening News: 'Terry is a decent bloke. He is not one of your typical town hall bureaucrats. He worked his way up after starting as an apprentice.
'Probably he should have realised that the tone was totally wrong, but he wouldn’t have meant any offence.'
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