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Austerity drive deepens as councils launch new attacks

Issue No. 2463

Walsall Council in the West Midlands has announced plans to cut pay by 2 percent across the board and turn the first three days’ holiday each year into unpaid leave.

This is on top of a two-year pay freeze and cuts to car allowances.

The council intends to drive it through in four weeks. Union meetings are taking place this week and next.

Dave Harrison, Walsall Unite union secretary, said, “We will seek to oppose these cuts and will be consulting with members.”

While cuts are forced through everywhere, this Tory/Ukip-controlled council is stepping up the attack on workers’ pay and conditions.

Martin Lynch

Coventry Labour councillors attack union facility time

Labour-run Coventry city council is going for trade unions’ facility time. It wants to cut facility time by over 50 percent. 

Labour councillors said nothing about these proposals when they were trying to get re-elected just two months ago.

The council initially charged ahead with its plan and a sham consultation.

Coventry Unison union said last week that it has now agreed to “meaningful negotiations”.

Yet the attack is by no means off the table.

Council leaders are looking to weaken the resistance to the millions of pounds in cuts they plan to make.

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