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Shropshire council workers should reject new offer

Issue No. 2274

Shropshire council workers are to vote on a deal over pay.

Workers in the Unison union struck last month against pay cuts and attacks on terms and conditions. More than 300 workers rallied outside the council meeting.

Unison will now ballot its members this week on whether to accept reduced pay cuts.

The proposed deal accepts the 2.7 percent pay cut that has already been made this year, but reduces next year’s pay cut to 1.9 percent.

It also includes an increase in mileage rates from 40p a mile to 45p next year, as well as two days’ paid holiday at Christmas.

And there will be negotiations over sickness leave. Bosses currently want to cut sickness entitlements in half.

It was the strike that forced the bosses back to the negotiating table.

But with more strikes, more could still be won.

Shropshire council workers should vote to reject the deal.

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