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Battle over pay at Chester Council

Issue No. 2303

Workers at Cheshire West and Chester council struck last weekend in their continuing battle over unsociable hours pay.

The Unison, Unite and GMB members say the cut to weekend and bank holiday pay works out to a £2,000 pay cut for some workers.

Services closed by the strike included libraries, street cleaning and markets.

The council paid double time to any staff who did not strike. Maria Moss from Unison said that “rubbed salt in the wound for Unison members who are already very angry”.

The workers are also continuing with an overtime ban.

Meanwhile the Tory-run council has run into problems over the liquidation of a firm owned by council leader Mike Jones.

Angry creditors of his plumbing firm ASC Developments have been turning up and disrupting council meetings.

Jones once said, “I will run this council as I run my business.” The Tory is facing calls to resign.


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Tue 15 May 2012, 16:57 BST
Issue No. 2303
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