Socialist Worker

The savage cuts have started in your council

by Mark L Thomas
Issue No. 2209

Local councils across Britain have unleashed vicious cuts packages that could destroy workers’ pay and conditions—and vital public services—if they are not opposed.

Neath Port Talbot council is threatening to sack its entire workforce of over 7,000 and re-employ them on new terms and conditions. The council wants a pay freeze and cuts to allowances.

And thousands of staff at Edinburgh council were set to receive dismissal notices after refusing to sign up to new terms and conditions. The council’s ultimatum will give around 4,500 who have so far refused to sign 90 days to reconsider or face the sack.

Birmingham council is making £13 million of cuts from children’s services, with 1,500 jobs set to be slashed.

Salford council is to cut hundreds of jobs as part of a £39 million cuts package over three years, including education and social services.

Blackpool council has issued redundancy notices to over a third of its youth service team.

Walsall council is cutting three days of staff holiday entitlement. The Tory-run council is also threatening to cut the wages of 29 percent of staff as part of a pay review.

Southampton council is planning to slash funding to children’s homes, with cuts of £300,000 a year for the next three years.

But Aberdeen council has temporarily retreated from proposals to withhold pay rises owed to workers.

  • Workers at Nottingham council have accepted a deal to end their industrial action over cuts to car allowances.

    Unison union members stopped using their own cars for work in protest and worked to rule. The settlement involves a one-off payment of £450.

  • Unison union members at Derby council have settled their dispute over car allowances.

    Workers refused to use their own cars in protest against plans to cut the £1,200 allowance.

    The deal will mean staff get a one-off payment of £1,200 and the policy will be reviewed in a year.

  • Dave Prentis has been elected for a third term as Unison general secretary. He won 67 percent of the vote.

    Roger Bannister of the Socialist Party got 20 percent and the United Left candidate Paul Holmes, backed by Socialist Worker, got 13 percent.

    The turnout was low at 14.6 percent. And the vote for Prentis was down 8 percent—despite the full use of the union machine to back him.

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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