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Four day council worker strike over conditions

Issue No. 2298

Author Alan Gibbons joined striking library workers last weekend

Author Alan Gibbons joined striking library workers last weekend

Workers at Cheshire West and Chester council struck over the Easter weekend in their battle over conditions.

The Unison, Unite and GMB union members struck for the four days in protest at the council telling them they would get no extra payments for working on the holidays.

When the council couldn’t find anyone to work over Easter, it panicked and offered anyone who agreed to work double time for the whole four days.

The strike comes after a walkout in libraries and workers withdrawing use of their cars for work purposes.

The dispute is over new contracts which were imposed from 2 April that force staff have to work weekends, overtime and most bank holidays for flat rate pay.

Premium payments for night work are to be reduced and payments for shifts are to end.

And staff who use their own car for work face having their allowances severely reduced.

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Tue 10 Apr 2012, 18:20 BST
Issue No. 2298
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