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Union anger at Kirklees council's attempt to impose single status agreement

by Nick Ruff, Chair Kirklees Unison (pc)
Issue No. 2126

Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire have launched a major attack on its workforce by writing to all staff covered by single status informing them that they will imposing agreement on them.

The council have spent two and half years negotiating with the unions but due to the Allen/GMB equal pay decision they are terrified of further claims if agreement is not reached by next June.

Over 50 Unison stewards met last week to discuss how the union should respond. There was anger at the actions of the Council to suggest it will impose single status and agreed to organise an indicative ballot for strike action if the Council go ahead and send out the proposed new conditions of service on 17 November.

The union intended to have a public burning of the original letters outside the town hall on 5 November – bonfire night.

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Tue 4 Nov 2008, 18:30 GMT
Issue No. 2126
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