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89% vote for pay strike in Breckland council

Issue No. 2055

A series of one-day strikes could hit Breckland council in Norfolk.

Strike action was backed by 89 percent of Unison union members at Breckland and 99 percent supported action short of a strike.

Unison is planning one-day strikes plus a work-to-rule and boycotting “certain council activities”. Unison has to give the council seven days notice of any industrial action.

The possibility that action could disrupt the services which Breckland runs – including leisure centres, environmental health, planning and housing – has moved closer during a lengthy dispute over a pay claim and a new pay scheme.

Breckland has offered workers a pay rise of 3 percent over 18 months while the union has asked for 5 percent over the same period.

Unison regional organiser Sasha Pearce said, “The ballot result underlines how angry people feel about the way they are being treated.

“The council has left us with no other option than to take quite drastic action because they are not listening.”

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Tue 12 Jun 2007, 19:56 BST
Issue No. 2055
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