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Not so Liberal in Liverpool

Issue No. 1938

FIVE UNISON union members in Liverpool council are still fighting to overturn suspensions handed out to them by council managers.

The attack on the union branch followed the defeat of the four month social workers’ strike, which ended on 11 January this year.

The Lib Dem run council has launched a series of attacks on workers.

It has proposed halving the number of admin support staff in social services and has made moves to remove “rota days”—a monthly day off in exchange for working an additional 2.5 hours each week.

Last week council managers suggested even more job cuts after claiming they would end the year £20 million in debt.

The professor of social policy and social work at Liverpool University, Chris Jones, has become the latest high profile figure to condemn the council’s attacks. He has written an open letter to management criticising the suspensions.

To send messages of support, contact Unison Liverpool City Branch on 0151 236 1944, or e-mail [email protected]

THE BALLOT for general secretary of Unison, Britain’s biggest public sector union, is under way. Jon Rogers is standing as the United Left candidate against the incumbent, Dave Prentis. The ballot closes on Monday 28 February.

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Sat 12 Feb 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1938
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