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Council workers win victories in Portsmouth and Plymouth

Issue No. 2270

Trade union unity has forced council bosses to back down over pay cuts in Portsmouth.

At a meeting last Tuesday the council had been expected to follow the example of Southampton and try to force the cuts through.

But the council backed down after Unison, Unite and GMB unions lobbied the meeting.

Nearby Isle of Wight council made a similar climbdown last week.

Although the pay cuts were dropped in Portsmouth, the fight is now on to stop a freeze on increments.

Meanwhile in Plymouth, the council has re‑recognised the Unison union after a month-long campaign.

Bosses derecognised the branch when it refused to sign up to pay and conditions cuts.

The union has now signed up to the agreement.

It is pressure from trade unionists across Britain that had done this. Now all the union must fight the cuts together.

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