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Drug workers call off their strike

Issue No. 2291

Staff at the Lifeline drug treatment centre in Hackney, London, have called off their strike against cuts.

The workers, in the Unite union, had been set to walk out this Thursday after voting overwhelmingly for action.

But Unite says it has now been granted union recognition for the first time, in a deal that will “ensure [workers] have a say in any future decisions”.

Regional officer Jamie Major said, “This agreement will give our members a greater role in fine-tuning services for the future benefit of the Hackney community during a period which both sides recognise is financially fraught.”

The strike was called in response to cuts that would close specialist services for children and women.

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Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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