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Coventry council workers go into battle

Issue No. 2018

The result of a strike ballot by council workers in the Unison union in Coventry over a single status deal was expected this week.

The deal, says Coventry Unison, means “far too many people, including many low paid women, will lose serious amounts of money from their salaries.

“It has been imposed on our members. In February 2005, a full council meeting voted against continuing negotiations with the trade unions and to implement the current package.

“We told the council at the time that if they imposed single status, we would take out equal pay claims against them.

“Our authority has failed to take notice of our concerns and treat us seriously.”

The workers involved in the strike ballot have already voted for action once but their strike was postponed after the council used anti-union laws to stop it.

The national single status deal was reached nine years ago between local government employers and national trade unions.

It followed a number of successful employment tribunal cases on equal pay.

Local authorities agreed they would equalise wages and conditions and in return trade unions let it be understood that tribunal cases would halt.

The government has refused to give local authorities extra funds to pay for those who gain from the deal, so their money has to be balanced out by losers.

It is based on justice for some coming at the expense of injustice for others.

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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