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Issue No. 1777

Caretakes in Edinburgh are set to take strike action to try to win more money for working long hours. Some 100 caretakers, members of the UNISON union, have agreed to boycott work for three days next week and another three days the following week. Some 90.3 percent voted for strikes in an official ballot.

Another 37 caretakers who are in the TGWU union have also balloted for action, although the result is yet to be announced. At least 90 primary schools and one secondary school will be hit by the action. The caretakers are angry that the council is refusing to pay 'irregular hours payments'.

Some 29 refuse workers, members of the UNISON union, are planning a series of one-day strikes in Lowestoft and Beccles in East Anglia. The workers voted unanimously to strike after Waveney District Council reneged on a 5 percent pay deal.

The council is now offering the workers a rise of just 3.5 percent. UNISON regional organiser Sasha Carruthers says workers are also angry about their terrible working conditions, which include 'heavy bins falling off collection lorries onto staff'.

Homecare workers in Rochdale were set to take one day's strike action on Tuesday of this week. The workers are fighting the council's plans to give 30 percent of work to the private sector and cut pay and conditions for remaining staff.

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Sat 1 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1777
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