The Shropshire branch of UNISON has voted by 66% to strike in its dispute with the Tory-dominated local authority over new contracts for more than 6,000 staff.  They are being threatened with losing their jobs if they do not sign up to what the union s …

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The Shropshire branch of UNISON has voted by 66% to strike in its dispute with the Tory-dominated local authority over new contracts for more than 6,000 staff.  They are being threatened with losing their jobs if they do not sign up to what the union says will be worse working conditions and pay.  Officials say staff are very angry at the way they are being treated, in an area not normally known for union militancy.

The full ballot result will be announced at a mass meeting of members this evening.

Officials the council leadership is trying to use Shropshire workers as a test case which other Conservative-run councils in England may try to repeat, unless there is a successful campaign to fight back against proposed 2.7% pay cuts and withdrawal of basic sickness benefits.

Local anti-cuts campaigners are planning a demonstration in Shrewsbury next week.


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