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Issue No. 1780

Council Workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, have voted by a two to one margin for strikes against attacks on their conditions. The Labour council wants to push through a series of attacks, including harsher sickness and disciplinary procedures, cuts to holidays and worse Christmas working arrangements.

Talks were due to take place between the workers' UNISON union and the council this week, with a union meeting set for 8 January to decide whether to go ahead with action.

Around 40 council workers lobbied the executive of Bristol City Council last week in a fight over pay and conditions. The Labour council wants to cut allowances for some staff, mainly in social services and parks, who need to use their cars for work. The workers have asked their UNISON union to ballot them on action over the attacks.

Talks were due to begin on Thursday in the dispute which saw janitors at Edinburgh schools strike over the last fortnight. Around 130 janitors from 67 primary schools, 16 community centres and one secondary school struck for three days in each of the last two weeks. The janitors are demanding they get payments for unsocial hours, with most starting work at 6am and having to work until 6pm.

The janitors' UNISON union says the workers are entitled to the payments under an existing deal. Most secondary school janitors already get the payments.

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Sat 22 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1780
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