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Issue No. 2039

Tower Hamlets

Labour-led Tower Hamlets council in east London wants to cut home care and charge for it.

Meanwhile top council managers’ pay has gone up by 84 percent in the last three years.

Councillor Abjol Miah, leader of the Respect group on the council, said, “The people of Tower Hamlets will not accept this budget – demand your councillor opposes this budget, and come to Mulberry Place at 6pm on Wednesday 28 February to speak against the fat cats.”

Bolton

Workers from the Unison union were set to protest at Lancashire’s Bolton council this week over £10.6 million budget cuts.

At the same time more than 500 women are taking legal action against Bolton council in a single status dispute.

These women believe that they are entitled to more back pay than the council has offered.

Northumberland

Council workers at Castle Morpeth council in Northumberland joined a lunchtime demonstration on Monday to protest against proposed job cuts.

Coventry

Support staff at a Coventry primary school struck for a second time this week.

Teaching assistants, clerical workers and secretaries in the Unison union at Holbrook primary school were to strike for three days in protest at the council’s imposition of the single status pay deal.

Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute council on the west coast of Scotland is proposing to cut 141 jobs over the next three years to fund the single status pay agreement.

The agreement proposes to give almost half of the council’s 4,350 staff a wage rise while cutting the pay of 23 percent of workers. Donald Brown, chair of the council’s Unison union branch, said, “Unison’s intention is to ballot its membership on the proposals.”

Staffordshire

Thousands of people have signed petitions demanding Staffordshire county council doesn’t privatise elderly care and saves the 22 homes it plans to close.

Workers from the Unison, T&G and GMB unions are set to ballot on industrial action over the lack of consultation and loss of up to 1,500 jobs.


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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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