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Greenwich Unison threatens single status 'new year of discontent'

Issue No. 2032

The Unison union is threatening Greenwich council in south east London with a “new year of discontent” over single status.

Onay Kasab, the branch secretary of Greenwich Unison, says the proposals are an attack on the pay, terms and conditions and benefits of up to 11,000 council workers.

In a leaked council document, officials propose a three-year pay scheme for workers which would mean pay cuts. Other proposals would see bonus schemes terminated, overtime rates reduced, the working week increased by one hour and annual leave shortened.

Onay said council chiefs were trying to settle on the lowest possible deal, meaning pay cuts and a loss of benefits. He added, “We want equal pay and harmonised conditions.

“Our members have sent a clear message to the council – not a penny from our pay, not a minute on the day.

“We condemn a council which is prepared to give chief officers pay rises of up to £20,000 while proposing to drastically cut pay and conditions for our members.”

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