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Issue No. 1773

Around 100 angry social services staff in the UNISON union stormed into Brighton and Hove City Council HQ on Wednesday morning of last week, and occupied the office of the director of social care and health.

They were protesting at what they saw as attempts to blame two colleagues over the tragic death of a child placed for adoption. The director told the media that the tragedy was the result of 'bungling' by the social workers.

Workers know that the real cause was the series of cuts leading to staff shortages, overwhelming caseloads, lack of corporate support and low morale. This makes it impossible to provide adequate protection for children.

HOME CARE workers in Rochdale have voted to take strike action against the council's plans to hand over 30 percent of them to the private sector, and cut the pay and change the conditions of the remaining workers. A mass meeting was due to take place on Wednesday of this week.

THE THREAT of strike action by over 200 social workers in the Unison union in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, has forced management to offer to pay a further six months back pay to settle a grading dispute.

Unison members voted to defer strike action planned for Tuesday of this week to allow time for discussion of other issues.

UNISON and GMB union members in Bath and north east Somerset council are celebrating a victory following the decision by councillors not to privatise elderly people's homes.

Union members lobbied a council meeting last week. A packed public gallery saw several Labour councillors voting with the Liberal Democrats against privatisation.

ISLINGTON COUNCIL in north London is threatening to privatise Holloway school. The teachers' NUT union group in the school has agreed to campaign against the plan.

Over 100 caretakers in the Unison union at schools in Edinburgh are to be balloted to take strike action in a bid to improve their pay in compensation for early starts and late finishes.

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Sat 3 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1773
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