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Issue No. 1681

Councils roundup

COUNCIL WORKERS in Wandsworth were set to strike against their Tory council on Wednesday in a fight to defend basic rights at work. The council made some concessions last week, dropping a threat to cut workers' holidays. It also said no existing staff would be subject to its plan to force workers to work back or pay back time they are off sick. But the Tories still plan to impose this on new starters. A mass meeting decided the concessions were not enough.


KIRKLEES UNISON members have begun a determined fightback against privatisation and cutbacks. Workers in the old people's homes in the borough have voted unanimously at mass meetings to take industrial action if management do not withdraw plans for cuts and closures. UNISON members in the housing benefits and council tax sections have agreed to refuse to work with agency staff and defend any member who may be victimised for supporting the action. Other sections of workers are also threatening action over grading disputes and redundancies.


BARNSLEY Labour councillors were lobbied by council grounds maintenance workers on Thursday of last week outside a district Labour Party meeting. Some 30 workers, members of the UNISON and GMB unions, were demanding a grounds maintenance contract is not awarded to private company.


A MEETING of some 170 home helps in Chesterfield voted overwhelmingly for strikes last week in response to Derbyshire County Council's threat to dock their pay by 15 percent. Similar meetings and votes took place across the county. The home helps have been boycotting an "electronic tagging" scheme pushed by the Labour council which is designed to monitor their every move.


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Thu 27 Jan 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1681
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