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Issue No. 2138


Nottingham city council has deferred a decision to axe hundreds of jobs after protests by workers. Over 200 Unison, GMB and Unite union members rallied in the city as councillors were due to discuss plans to slash up to 800 jobs.

The council will now discuss the cuts on 18 February.


Bolton Council workers have been given 90 days to accept new single status pay and condition terms – or leave.

Around 17 percent of the council’s workers will lose out under the plans. Some refuse collectors will see their wages cut from £18,000 to £14,000.

Anyone not returning their signed agreements within 90 days will have their contracts terminated and only be offered the new deal as an alternative.


Workers were set to protest against Essex county council as Socialist Worker went to press.

The protest in Chelmsford is against plans to put huge swathes of council services up for grabs to private sector “partners”. Its official notice asks companies to provide “any and all council services”.

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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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