UNISON and Unite begin ballot over Tory-led council budget plans which have triggered a 5-month wave of strikes across the city


Thousands of union members in Southampton have been urged to vote “yes” in a ballot opening today on local authority budget proposals which have led to a 5-month wave of strikes by UNISON and Unite across the city.

The Tory-led council has offered to abandon a pay freeze on workers earning less than £22,000, but other staff will still face cuts of between 3.7% and 5%. The council also demanded that both unions call off any further industrial action while the ballot is underway and that they withdraw numerous industrial tribunal claims which could cost the council more than £10 million if they are successful.

Around 400 members of UNISON and Unite packed a pre-ballot meeting in the city earlier this week which voted to hold the ballot, to continue the unions’ work-to-rule and called on members to reject the plans.

Union sources believe there will be a strong majority against the council’s proposals.  The ballot closes on 21st of November.

Watch a UnionNews video report on the summer of industrial action in Southampton here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I4-TTuZvM0

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