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Stroud council workers

Issue No. 1988

More than 250 council workers, members of the Unison union, picketed Stroud district council, Gloucestershire, on Wednesday of last week for their second one-day strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Council chief executive David Hagg, backed by the Tory controlled council, has introduced new job descriptions and a grading structure with little thought and even less consultation.

“Take it or leave it” is his attitude. So the Unison branch voted to oppose it with an 80 percent vote for strike action.

The imposition of the deal is part of the single status settlement of 1997, which was supposedly about harmonising conditions between manual and white collar workers.

It is vital that Stroud Unison wins this dispute, as other district councils have done little to reach agreement with workers over single status.

Send support and donations to Unison branch secretary Bob Nightingale, Unison office, Ebley Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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Sat 18 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1988
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