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Council workers

Issue No. 1838

SOME 3,500 workers at Herefordshire council decided at a meeting on Friday of last week to strike against threatened job losses and pay cuts. Bosses broke off long running negotiations last week and tried to impose a pay deal. Regional GMB union organiser Roger Jenkins said the council is cooking up 'a recipe for conflict'.

REFUSE WORKERS on the Wirral, Merseyside, struck on Monday in protest at the sacking of two colleagues.

Private contractor Onyx sacked them after an alleged accident at work. But the rest of the workforce, who are members of the TGWU union, stood by their workmates. No rubbish was collected in the area on the day.

COUNCIL WORKERS in Sefton, Merseyside, are balloting for strike action. Care workers are angered by the possible closure of four homes for the elderly and up to 173 job cuts.

The council has shut homes over the last two years. Tories and Liberal Democrats on the council are thought to want the closures. One council worker told Socialist Worker, 'It's one cut after another. I think there'll be a big majority wanting to strike as a line in the sand has to be drawn.' The ballot result will be known in late February.

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Sat 15 Feb 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1838
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