OVER 400 people attended a union mass meeting in Liverpool on Monday of this week. The workers, members of the Unison union, are employed by the Liberal Democrat run council in Liverpool.
The council is attacking their working hours. At the moment workers can accrue up to two days flexi-time in a month. It wants to halve that to one day. The council also wants to extend the working week so staff will be expected to work more at the outer limits of a 7am to 7pm day. This attack will hit office-based staff.
But the GMB and TGWU unions, who represent other sections of council workers, were also due to meet to discuss the attack. It could mean extending everyone's working week from 35 hours to 37 hours.
The 400 Unison members voted unanimously at their meeting to support the union branch executive's recommendation that, if talks are not successful, there could be a ballot for industrial action.