United Kingdom - Strike action of Southampton municipal workers - May 31, 2011

On 31 May, traffic wardens, car park maintenance engineers and bulk cash collectors employed by Southampton City Council started seven days of strike action: potentially a costly affair for the employer. On 23 May, thousands of workers employed by the same Council had already taken strike action in response to the Council’s decision to sack 4,300 employees across a range of services and re-employ them on new contracts with considerable lower pay and poorer conditions. The unions involved, Unison and Unite, have attempted to negotiate with the Council and have offered talks using the ACAS conciliation service but the Council has rejected these moves. EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, has sent a message of solidarity to the union members, stressing that undermining social dialogue and imposing austerity measures are not a way out of the crisis.

English: http://www.epsu.org/a/7649;  

http://www.unitetheunion.org/news__events/latest_news/costly_strike_action ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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