HILDCARE SOCIAL workers in Liverpool were set to start a three-day strike on Friday in a dispute over lack of staff and workloads. Around 145 workers, members of the Unison union in Liberal Democrat run Liverpool City Council, will be out on Friday. They will also be out next Monday and Tuesday.
They and another 60 GMB/Apex union members are already taking action short of striking, including not using cars for work and working to contract. Unison members met last week and voted to go ahead with the strike, which had been backed in a ballot. The strikers planned to hold a benefit event this Saturday at 8pm at The Case, Hope Street, Liverpool.
Social worker, Unison, Liverpool
UNISON UNION members lobbied Coventry council on Tuesday of this week against the threat to over 200 posts in the council. A budget shortfall has meant that the council wants to make cuts.
The council is also in discussions with IT Net about providing IT services to the council. Siemens, which is the current provider of IT services, has already announced five redundancies. The union wants to lobby central government for more resources.