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Victory for Sandwell Council workers as they beat back bosses’ pay cuts plan

Issue No. 2426

Children’s admin workers at Sandwell Council have defeated bosses’ plans to downgrade their posts and cut their pay by up to £4,000 a year.

In the council management’s search for “budget efficiencies” they planned to downgrade around half of the admin workers to fund three additional posts.

Unison union joint secretary Tony Barnsley spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. 

He said, “We called a union meeting for everyone affected by possible downgrading. 

“We had a unanimous show of hands for a consultative ballot, in which 100 percent voted for strikes. 

“Not one worker left the room without joining the union.”

As the formal strike ballot was set to begin bosses informed both Unison and the GMB that they had decided not to continue with their proposals.

Tony said, “This shows that given the right lead union members will fight to protect their pay.”

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Tue 21 Oct 2014, 16:43 BST
Issue No. 2426
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