TOLL office staff have expressed their frustration at discovering they could lose their jobs on social media.

Pembrokeshire County Council unveiled plans today to bring scrapping bridge tolls forward to April 2019.

The council said in a statement that they wished to redeploy staff where possible.

“When I read it I just burst into tears,” said Julie Taylor a bridge toll worker from Milford Haven.

“I knew I would be going into work and finding out about it today and had tried to prepare myself. Instead I found out when I sat down to check my phone.”

“It’s not that I’m against the change, but that I have not been told by my employers and I had to read about it on Facebook is really just beyond.”

This is not the first time that bridge staff found out about plans to scrap the tolls on social media before being officially told.

“This is the second time this has happened.

“I’ve had an apology from the council today saying they were very sorry, but it’s a bit late.

“It’s not good enough. Those staff are all good people, we all do our jobs to the best of our abilities. To be treated like that is not on.

In a statement, the county council said staff on duty at the Cleddau Bridge will be given an update on the discussions by senior officers this afternoon.

While bridge maintenance staff are not affected by the changes, a number of roles will be subject to redundancy procedures.

A Council spokesman said: “We will make every effort to redeploy any staff facing redundancy as a result of the tolls being abolished.

“This will however be subject to an alternative suitable and available role being available elsewhere within the Authority.”

Ms Taylor said that she did not think redeployment lists would help.

“I have been on a redeployment list before - you don’t get any preferential treatment,” she said.

“I would go so far as to say that I wouldn’t want to work for the council. Not if this is how they treat their staff.”