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Kirklees council workers return big vote for action

by Nick Ruff, Kirklees Unison branch chair (pc)
Issue No. 2416

UNISON members working for Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire, have voted in an indicative ballot for branch wide industrial action. 

The ballot result of 73 percent to strike is a clear mandate to proceed to an official industrial action ballot.

The dispute is over the council’s proposals to sack 1,400 staff, cut redundancy pay and tear up deployment and implementation agreements. There is also anger at plans to slash car mileage from 65p a mile to 45p.

The strike on 10 July had raised the confidence that members could fight and win. Recent figures from the council said that they have £89 million in reserves and £46 million in balances. They do not need to slash jobs and services.

The Unison branch will be arguing for the official ballot to commence immediately as the council plan to sack and re-engage staff in the autumn.


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Tue 12 Aug 2014, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2416
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