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Councils roundup

Issue No. 1680

Councils roundup

WANDSWORTH: Workers in Tory-run Wandsworth council, south London, have voted by a four to one margin for more strikes against a savage attack on sick pay and annual leave. The vote was 79 percent for strikes on a 40 percent turnout.

HARINGEY: Labour-led Haringey council, north London, wants to make �2.5 million cuts. A 200-strong meeting of the council workers' UNISON union last week backed a call for workers in key sections to be balloted on indefinite strike action unless the council retreats. A levy of UNISON members was also agreed to build up a strike fund.

ASHFIELD: Richard Buckwell, the UNISON union branch secretary suspended from work by his Labour-run council employers, received the mildest possible disciplinary at a hearing last week. His "first written warning" is still an attack on the union's right to organise against council policies, and he is appealing against it. But it marks a major retreat by Ashfield council in the face of protests.

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Thu 20 Jan 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1680
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