William Eichler 02 April 2019

Dundee council workers threaten strike action

Dundee council workers threaten strike action image

Dundee City Council workers have voted in support of industrial action in response to local authority cuts.

Unite said the ballot was a response to the council’s policy of compulsory redundancies, limiting flexible retirement, and reducing the pay protection for staff moved to lower grade posts without consultation.

The council’s policy and resources committee took the decision to adopt these new policies back in February.

The union said that following the consultative ballot, which saw 92% of participants support industrial action, a strike is likely unless the council agrees to reopen the consultation process and withdraw the imposed changes to the terms and conditions of Unite members.

‘Workers in Dundee City Council and the Leisure Trust find it hard to understand why SNP councillors supported by the Lord Provost have voted for a policy that they say they do not want to use,’ said Bob Macgregor, Unite regional industrial officer.

‘Unite will now speak to our sister unions about the action we will take should the council and the trust fail to talk with us about reversing these imposed changes.

‘After years of cuts, Dundee City Council workers are demanding to be treated with dignity. This council has breached their own Fair Work charter by failing to engage and consult on these changes to their workers’ terms of employment.

‘Local government cannot provide quality services whilst its workforce is under attack.’

The council has been contacted for a response.

Developing a cohesive council workforce image

Developing a cohesive council workforce

With council workers, increasingly being asked to deliver more with less, Alexander Carlton discusses the role of technology in creating a cohesive workforce.
Re-write the rules of recruitment image

Re-write the rules of recruitment

Anne-Marie Scott offers her predictions for public sector recruitment challenges for 2020 and asks, ‘how do we recruit the right candidates?’
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Looked After Children and Vulnerable Young People

Enfield London Borough Council
Up to £89,319
 This is an exciting opportunity to lead all the services that support Enfield’s children in care and care leavers. Enfield (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Enfield London Borough Council

Head of Communities

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
to £61,751 (pay award pending)
We are looking for an innovative and knowledgeable senior professional to join our leadership team with strong experience of working in communities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Economic Development Officer (Town Centres)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878 per annum
The Economic Development Officer (Town Centres) post forms part of the Council’s Business Focus team who provide help directly to businesses. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Educational Psychologist

Camden London Borough Council
£44,131 - £53,34
The ideal candidates will have an excellent understanding of psychological frameworks and their application in... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Economic Development Officer

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878
Are you interested in a challenge and want to help shape the future of North West Leicestershire? Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue