Second strike to be staged by council staff tomorrow
MORE services will be disrupted in South Gloucestershire tomorrow due to further strike action against what has been described as a "savage attack" on council staff wages.
Around 200 members of UNISON have voted for a one-day strike in response to changes to council policies on enhancements and allowances paid to staff, which were introduced on October 1.
The full impact of the action will not be known until tomorrow but it is likely that library services will be affected.
Huw Williams, South Gloucestershire UNISON branch secretary, said:
“UNISON members regret having to take action but feel that they have been given no other option now that the 10% pay cut has been imposed upon them without their agreement. "UNISON believes that there are the resources to resolve this dispute and to restore and retain the goodwill of staff”.
“During this dispute the council has generously paid other workers in excess of their usual pay to cover duties in an attempt to undermine the industrial action.
"A scheduled meeting with the council will take place on Wednesday, October 9 and UNISON has asked for this dispute to be on the agenda. UNISON has an expectation that the council will attend that meeting and genuinely attempt to resolve this dispute”.
Industrial action is due to carry on over the next few days, with members working to their contractual hours and not using their private vehicles for business purposes.
This will be local authority employees’ second day of action.
Last Saturday, September 28, librarians across the region staged a strike closing Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Winterbourne libraries, among many others.
A ballot of nearly 190 South Gloucestershire UNISON members last month resulted in an overwhelming vote to take industrial action against the local authority's plans to cut employees' Saturday pay rates by 33 per cent.
Updates will be posted on the council’s website at www.southglos.gov.uk/industrialaction, Twitter feed @sgloscouncil and at www.facebook.com/sgloscouncil
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