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Southampton council workers consider pay offer

Issue No. 2274

Workers at Southampton council are to consider a new pay offer—as bosses announce more job cuts.

The Unison and Unite unions at the council held rolling strikes against pay cuts over the summer. And over 1,000 struck on 6 October.

The council and unions put out a joint statement last week saying they had “reached a position which could be the basis for a proposed negotiated settlement”.

Details of the deal have not yet been released. But just 24 hours after the joint statement, the council launched a new offensive, saying it will cut 200 more jobs.

Union reps will meet this week to consider their next move.Membership meetings will then be held in the week of 31 October. A ballot over the pay deal could be held in early November.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said, “We’re keen to resolve the dispute, but as in any dispute it is the ordinary union members who will decide.”

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