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Council workers begin strike ballot in Southampton

Issue No. 2248

Council workers in Southampton have begun a strike ballot against the Tory-run council’s plan to sack workers unless they sign up to pay cuts.

The council wants to cut wages by up to 5 percent, stop all rises and increments and slash travel payments.

It issued three-month dismissal notices to every worker on Monday of last week, and plans to re-hire workers on worse contracts.

All Unison members at the council will be balloted except those working in schools.

“The Conservatives are attempting to make ordinary Southampton workers pay for the government’s cuts,” said Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker.

The ballot closes on Friday 6 May, and if workers vote yes a one-day strike is planned in the week of 16 May.

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