Union calls protest meeting as councillors meet today


UNISON members are today lobbying Cheshire West & Chester councillors in protest at 20% pay cuts.

Following on from the recent successful industrial action over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, the trade unionists will again show their solidarity and anger over the cuts in their overtime payments, weekend working, bank holiday pay and mileage rate by lobbying the full Council meeting at Wyvern House, Winsford from 4pm.

UNISON members including library workers, home care workers, park rangers, children’s home staff and social workers have been forced to take strike action recently in response to the Council imposing new contracts with worsening terms and conditions and less pay which has resulted in low paid front line UNISON members being the hardest hit.

UNISON regional organiser Maria Moss said: “This lobby has been organised as part of our ongoing dispute with the council. It sees itself as a flagship Tory council and is determined to be a template for other North West councils. If they succeed it won’t be long until all other councils follow suit and start slashing terms and conditions for all our members within the North West region.”

The Council had the opportunity to negotiate with UNISON and other unions before Easter but the council refused to talk and put maximum effort into undermining the action by offering staff extra pay to break the strike.

Branch officer Dawn Moulton said: “UNISON West Cheshire branch and the North West Regional Office are co-ordinating the arrangements to ensure members from across the region attend this lobby and encourage the rate-payers of Cheshire West & Chester to join us in showing this council and its leader that they cannot be trusted to run the council responsibly and treat staff in such an appalling manner.”

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