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Council workers

Issue No. 1974

The escalating strike action at Sefton council on Merseyside in defence of victimised union activists was set to continue this week, with further groups of workers joining the 40 already out.

Sefton council suspended two leading activists in the Unison union, Nigel Flanagan and Paul Summers, last May after they attended a Defend Council Housing demonstration in Bootle shopping centre.

Unison members say the council is determined to sack Nigel and Paul. It even hired a barrister to present its case at the disciplinary hearing against the pair, which opened on Monday of last week.

The hearing has now been adjourned and will restart on Tuesday of next week, says Glen Williams, branch chair of Sefton Unison. The industrial action will continue to escalate until the two activists are reinstated, he adds.

Send messages of support and financial contributions to Sefton Unison, Mersey Seaman’s Mission, Colonsay House, 20 Crosby Road South, Liverpool L22 1RQ or phone 0151 928 991

Glasgow Unison has called a lunchtime lobby of a council meeting on Monday of next week in protest against proposed cuts. Negotiations are beginning over “single status” job restructuring.

The council wants to cut budgets across all departments by 2 percent to pay for any future deal. These cuts would involve closing two children’s homes and a home for the elderly.

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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