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Edinburgh City Council  was criticised for an unusual redundancy selection process.

They decided to release 7 out of 13 agency street cleaners and embarked on a scoring matrix which included performance factors.  As a result, 4 people were selected but a stalemate was reached and they could not decide on the other 3 people.

Consequently, they decided to pick names out of a bowl.  This is not a fair selection process and the workers were reinstated pending an appropriate selection process.

Selecting people for redundancy is not like the X Factor and you should always ensure your decisions are fair, objective and justifiable.  If you would like support on how to handle a redundancy situation, please contact us for more information. If you are an employee facing redundancy or been made redundant and if you feel you were selected unfairly, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.