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Labour council threatens workers with sack in south Wales

Issue No. 2226

A Labour council in South Wales is threatening to sack its 10,000 staff unless they accept new contracts that will mean significant pay cuts for many.

Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) council has joined Birmingham, Walsall, Croydon, Barnsley and others in using bullying tactics to ram through major attacks on workers’ conditions.

The same threat has been raised by Sheffield council.

RCT has issued a legal notice called a section 188 informing staff that they will be made redundant unless they agree to a new contract which strips away almost all pay enhancements for unsocial hours, reduces car allowances and changes other conditions.

Some workers face losing thousands of pounds a year.

In 1985 the then Labour leader Neil Kinnock made a famous speech slamming the left, saying “I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with far-fetched resolutions.

“They are then pickled into a rigid dogma, a code, and you go through the years sticking to that, out-dated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs, and you end in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council—a Labour council!—hiring taxis to scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers.”

What do Kinnock and his like say about this disgraceful threat from RCT?

The Labour council claims these attacks are necessary to protect key services. But pushing through cuts will have a devastating impact on the local community.

Unison and the GMB unions need to organise a mass campaign against the cuts—and move to a strike ballot against both the sacking threat and the assault on conditions.

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Tue 2 Nov 2010, 18:06 GMT
Issue No. 2226
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