UNISON members to strike in a dispute which the union fears could lead to mass redundancies.

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UNISON’s Shropshire branch has announced members will strike tomorrow (September 22nd) in a continuing dispute with the Conservative-dominated council.  Officials are threatening 6,500 staff that they may lose their jobs if they refuse to sign new contracts which will entail 5.4% pay cuts and the loss of basic sickness benefits.

The council has responded by withdrawing facility time and office accomodation from union reps, in a partial repeat of the abortive de-recognition strategy used this month against UNISON in Plymouth. UNISON branch Secretary, Alan James told UnionNews: “we represent 3,500 members and this is the petty and vicious kind of behaviour we have come to expect from this council”.

Shropshire Council says more than 1,600 staff have already signed up to the new conditions and in a statement, it calls UNISON’s action “misconceived”.

The day of planned industrial action will begin with a march and rally outside the council buildings at 10am.

You can send messages of support to the strikers here: unison@shropshire.gov.uk

or on our Solidarity page: solidarity@union-news.co.uk


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