United Kingdom -Unions take on tough local authorities -September 21, 2011

The dispute with Southampton City Council is continuing although the Unite and UNISON unions were due to re-open negotiations with the Council on 13 September. The dispute is over the council’s attempt to impose pay cuts and to sack over 4,000 employees and re-employ them on contracts with poorer pay and conditions. Meanwhile UNISON members are also taking action against Barnet Council in North East London. There the council is attempting to outsource most of its services and retain only a small number of staff who would commission services from other providers. And in Birmingham, UNISON members on 21 September used the Liberal Democrat conference for a rally to protest about new employment contracts being introduced by the City Council, which the union said removed various pay enhancements and introduced insecurity over employment (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 May, June and July-August 2011).

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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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