Council workers told to accept 9.5% pay cut

UNISON BarnetUNISON members working for Your Choice Barnet (YCB) are next week to take their fifth and sixth days’ strike action in their fight against a 9.5% pay cut.

The union and employer have  had numerous meetings at ACAS, but are no nearer resolving the dispute, with the latest offer from the employer being a 7.9% pay cut.

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “Our members held back from taking action before Christmas in order not to disrupt the service for service users and their carers at such a sensitive time of the year. This demonstrates again their professionalism and dedication but also their determination to stand up to attacks on their terms and conditions.

“Our members tell us they are working harder than ever with increasing levels of stress and no prospect of a pay rise. They report the first day they have off from work is used simply to recover from the stressful week they have had. The pay cut has left many of our colleagues finding it particularly hard to make ends meet.  They have made it clear to us they want to see a substantial shift in any new proposals from YCB in order to end the dispute.”

The strike will take place on January 22nd and 23rd.

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