Council workers could take industrial action

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 May 2011

Unison members could agree to work only statutory hours if action is agreed

Unison members could agree to work only statutory hours if action is agreed

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WORKERS at Somerset County Council may strike in reaction to the authority’s decision to impose harsh cuts.

Union UNISON is launching a formal ballot of its members working at the council, and is recommending they vote in favour of industrial action.

One move the union is objecting to in particular was the council’s decision to offer statutory minimum payments for those facing compulsory redundancy, with the union describing the cuts as ‘socially irresponsible’.

The ballot will close on June 16, with UNISON calling on members to support a ‘work to rule’ policy of refusing to work beyond the normal hours of their contracts.

On the recommendation, the organisation’s regional organiser Helen Eccle said: “Unlike strike action, a work-to-rule maintains basic service provision, but gives a foretaste of how under-staffed, minimalist and frayed public services will look within a couple of years.

“This rigidly dogmatic administration cannot be allowed to turn the clock back to pre-Victorian times.”

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