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Issue No. 2072

Anger at single status deal in Angus

Council workers in Angus in Scotland have been hit by a new single status pay deal which has seen wage packets cut by up to £1,000.

“We were led to believe some people’s wages would go down, but most people’s would go up,” one worker explained. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason for it and people are shattered. Some went home in tears.”

GMB union regional organiser John Begley said, “We have not agreed the figures on job evaluation and we have not agreed any salaries. We have agreed no part of it.”

Mass meeting on redundancies in Liverpool

Hundreds of Liverpool council home help workers attended a mass meeting on Monday in a dispute over redundancies.

A redundancy programme will see up to 130 of the 600 home carers made redundant.

Workers want a month’s pay for every year of service, to a maximum of 25 years – effectively two years’ pay – as a redundancy package.

Angela Blundell, secretary of the council’s joint shop stewards committee, said, “The proposed scheme will be inferior for many staff, particularly those with longer service.

“It is capped at 20 years so people who have been here much longer stand to lose considerably.”

Bolton walk out

Over 350 members of Bolton council’s adult and children’s services walked out for 48 hours last week.

The workers, who look after the mentally ill, are protesting about moves to stop them receiving £30 payments for sleep-ins when they are on holiday or off sick.

Sleep-ins are when staff stay over at a client’s house to offer round the clock care.

Bolton’s Unison branch secretary Florence Hill said, “It has been very hard to come out and leave those people we work with.

“The employers have not even tried to negotiate and we might have to take more action.”

Glasgow single status strike postponed

The proposed indefinite strike action by 270 Glasgow council daycare Unison union members over single status downgradings has been postponed to allow negotiations on “service redesign” to take place.

There was considerable anger among daycare members and stewards about this decision, which was taken by the national union.

The action was due to start on Wednesday of this week.

Both the council and Unison have agreed that the strike ballot will remain live over the six weeks that the negotiations take place.

Unison steward

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Tue 9 Oct 2007, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2072
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