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Talks in council dispute

Issue No. 2112

There are new talks in the local government dispute against Gordon Brown’s pay curbs that saw over half a million people on strike last month.

The talks between unions and the local government employers are scheduled to start on 13 August.

Unison says due to to talks it “is not to name a date for further strike action.

“Progress will be monitored over the coming weeks and the decision reviewed in September.”

If there is not an improved offer Unsion should call further action and link in with other public sector trade unions such as teachers’ NUT and the PCS.

Across local government it is important that activists organise meetings in as many workplaces as possible to build support for continuing pay campaign

Branches should pass motions calling for any offer be put out for consultation only if it is above 4 percent and with a clear recommendation either to accept or to reject.

The motion should call for Unison to set a date for the next strike days and that Unison Labour Link should not make any loans or donations to the Labour Party until the dispute is resolved.

Local government activists could hold local and regional rallies to coincide with the projected strike action by Scottish local government workers on 18 August.

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Tue 29 Jul 2008, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2112
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