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.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker - Supporting NQSW's

Essex County Council
£40637 - £49183 per annum + + 26 days leave & Local Gov Pension
Senior Practitioner - Supporting NQSW'sPermanent, Full Time£40,637 to £49,183 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult Board

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult BoardFixed Term, Part TimeUp to £36,057 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Manager - Learning & Early Support

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£25,481 - £27,041
You will be expected to manage a team and the workloads of Business Support Officers. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Business Support Officer - Catering

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,312 - £19,698 per annum
This job is Temporary for up to 12 months to cover operational needs. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty & Advice (37 hours)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£30,507 - £38,813
This is an exciting time to be part of this team where we are building our multi -agency team working closely with... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan 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