Council says cutting facially time is “efficiency saving”, but it will save just 0.167% of annual budget


UNISON is urging members and supporters in the South West to tonight attend a lobby of Swindon Borough Council to urge is to back down from plans to end facility time for reps.

The council claims it is ending paid facility time for joint branch secretaries Bob Cretchley and Karla Bradford as an “efficiency saving”, but the move will save less than a fifth of one per cent – just 0.167% – of the council budget.

A statement from the UNISON South West region said: “We will not stand by and let this happen. We will challenge it by every means necessary, by rebutting the council’s proposals with hard facts and figures, by lobbying every member of the council and senior officers with our case, by industrial action if necessary and supported by our members and by making this huge issue in the forthcoming council elections.”

Last year UNISON successfully fought off an attempt to de-recognise the union by Plymouth City Council.

* The lobby starts this evening at 6pm at the Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon SN1 2JH

You can also take action by:

  • writing to the council chief executive Gavin Jones at Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon SN1 2JH (email or council leader Roderick Bluh at the same address or (email expressing your opposition to these proposals and your support for UNISON in Swindon.
  • sending a message of support to the UNISON branch (email
  • tweeting the council on @Swindonnews, using the hashtag #tradeunionrights.


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