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Thousands of Notts council workers ballot for strikes

Issue No. 2238

Nottinghamshire County Council workers are being balloted for strikes against the council’s £89 million budget cuts and redundancies.

Some 3,700 Unison members will be able to vote. The council has announced that it now plans to make 1,000 compulsory redundancies this year, with more to follow.

The ballot result will be announced on 15 February. If it is a yes vote the first day of action will be on 24 February, when the full council meet to pass the budget.

A huge march and rally at County Hall is planned, with local and national speakers from trade unions and service user groups.

The march was due to assemble at Bridge Field in West Bridgford, however the local Tory borough council has refused permission for this. It will still go ahead with an alternative assembly point.

The local Unison branch is also building for the TUC national demonstration on

26 March, with seven coaches already booked. The slogan is, “two demos, same cause”.

Martin Sleath, Notts Unison (pc)

Aberdeen votes for ballot

Council workers in Aberdeen have voted to ballot if the council pushes ahead with 900 compulsory redundancies.

Around 250 people from a number of unions met on Thursday of last week and agreed unanimously to “pre-mandate” union reps to ballot for industrial action.

It will go ahead if the Lib Dem-SNP council votes through the compulsory redundancies this Thursday.


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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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