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Strike set for Yorkshire Purchasing

Issue No. 1000

Some 340 members of the Unison union at Yorkshire Purchasing in Wakefield are set to take strike action over the imposition by management of how they are paid.

The first one-day strike is set for 11 July. Over 70 percent of the workers voted for action after the management refused to enter into meaningful negotiations over a plan to pay the workers on a monthly instead of weekly basis.

One worker told Socialist Worker, “People are furious at the way that Yorkshire Purchasing unilaterally imposed the changes to the wages day. It was the tipping point over a whole range of issues which people are angry about.”

The company has an annual revenue £270m largest formally constituted local authority purchasing consortium in the UK and supplies schools, colleges and universities and a 100 local authorities.

In the run up to the strike workers are producing a planning a leaflet in Polish about the dispute for the 50 agency workers at the firm.

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Fri 22 Jun 2007, 14:19 BST
Issue No. 1000
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