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Single status round-up

Issue No. 2100

Leeds

Some 200 refuse workers in Leeds took a second day of strike action last Thursday over the implementation of a single status pay deal.

Workers are angry that a number could lose up to £6,000 a year.

GMB organiser Bill Chard said, “We are extremely disappointed that Leeds city council is being so hard-nosed.

“The jobs affected include day care centre staff, community caretakers and they are even having a swipe at nursery nurses.”

The refuse workers’ strike is the first stage in “a campaign of industrial action”.

The refuse workers took industrial action two weeks ago and more strike are planned.


East Staffordshire

Hundreds of staff at East Staffordshire borough council are balloting over strike action against their single status pay deal.

More than 150 workers face cuts of up to £9,000 in their annual salaries.

However, senior directors of departments, on much higher salaries, were exempt from the review.

Rob Johnston, Unison union assistant branch secretary, said, “We want fairness, we want equal pay and, above all, we want respect for our members.

“At the moment we are being treated with disdain and no respect.

“This vote for industrial action is an opportunity to demonstrate to the council the dissatisfaction over the way they have handled job evaluation and how they continue to ignore concerns.”

Unison held a consultative ballot in February with 70 percent in favour of strike action.


East Dunbartonshire

Almost 100 percent of council cleansing workers in East Dunbartonshire have voted in favour of a striking over single status.

The 60 GMB members voted 95 percent in favour of a strike. Unison union members voted 52 percent in favour.

GMB spokesperson Mick Conroy said, “There is no reason for staff to agree to a deal which would see them losing up to a quarter of their wages.”


West Dunbartonshire

Strike action is looming in West Dunbartonshire after council workers voted against their single status pay deal last week. Some 82 percent of Unison union members voted to reject the proposals.

Denise McLafferty, Unison branch secretary said after 82 percent voted to reject the proposals. “From our point of view we are delighted with the result.

“It is a resounding rejection of a derisory offer.”


Allerdale

Allerdale council workers in Cumbria are furious after they were told this week that some workers will have their pay cut, and the worst hit could lose up to £7,000.

One council worker said, “A lot of the workers are going to have their pay capped.

“The cost of living increases by 6 percent. So it is like we are getting a 3 percent pay cut.

“I know one person who has been told his pay will be cut by £7,000. Others will see a decrease by £1,000 to £2,000.”


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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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