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Action will put Open in the bunker

Issue No. 2108

The local government strike could even see disruption at the Open golf championship at Royal Birkdale on Merseyside.

Alec McFadden, Unison member and chair of Merseyside TUC, said the tournament organisers “might want to change the date of the Open” given the level of the event’s reliance on local authority workers.

He said, “No union is going to take into consideration a game of golf over the quality of the lives of its members.

“Officials in Unison have picked the best date to make the maximum impact and make a point to the government that council workers are essential and entitled to a fair pay deal.”

Sefton branch secretary of Unison Glen Williams said disruption was inevitable.

“Refuse, cleansing, traffic management and police administration will all be affected by the strike and there may well be some disruption at Royal Birkdale.

“One of the reasons we take industrial action is to cause disruption and it seems as though the Open could be one of the casualties.

“The government is spending millions on the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan but isn’t prepared to pay council workers a fair wage.

“It needs to get its priorities right.”

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