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Issue No. 2470

Doncaster council workers—round one won over shift changes

A 10-day strike by Doncaster council workers planned for Friday of last week was suspended at the 11th hour following a dramatic climbdown by bosses.

Over 200 workers from the Unison, Unite and GMB unions were set to strike. 

But Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) bosses requested emergency talks and agreed to withdraw a threat to change shift patterns.

The council promised genuine and open consultation on “modernisation” with unions.

Jim Board, branch secretary of Unison in Doncaster, said, “We set out eight conditions and the council has agreed to seven and a half of them.

“This is a fantastic result and couldn’t have been achieved without workers’ determination and unity. We have won round one—now we get ready for round two.”

One worker said, “Our confidence is sky high now.

“We’ve taken a kicking for the last five to six years and some have left the unions. Now we can get them back.”


March to save Barnet libraries

There is an important protest against the assault on Barnet’s libraries set for this Saturday. Assemble 10.15am, East Finchley Library N9 BB, 11.15am Church End Library N3 1SA, marching to North Finchley Library N2 9BB for 12.30pm. 


Scottish council workers should reject pay deal

The Scottish Local Government Committee of Unison is asking members to accept a two-year pay offer. It asks workers to accept 1.5 percent this year and 1 percent next year. 

Glasgow’s branch is urging members to reject.


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Tue 8 Sep 2015, 17:50 BST
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