Friday, 19 August 2011

Support UNISON Plymouth City Council Branch in fight against derecognition

Fri 19 Aug 2011
Urgent message from UNISON Plymouth City Council Branch

As you may be aware Plymouth City Branch was informed yesterday morning it was being derecognised by the employer with immediate effect; the branch was required to vacate its office in the Civic Centre, and all facilities time etc was removed.

This decision was made by the City Council due to a breakdown in negotiations – namely UNISON’s refusal to sign an agreement to detrimental changes in our members’ terms and conditions.

We did not sign because our legal advice clearly states that the agreement is discriminatory.  Rather than return to talks to address the inequalities in the agreement the Council derecognised City of Plymouth UNISON.

This is clearly a big local story for UNISON’s Plymouth City Branch, and has been covered in local press and radio as well as nationally on political blogs etc. Today Dave Prentis has called for Plymouth City Council to “drop the macho politics and get back round the negotiating table".

All support for Plymouth City Branch is very much appreciated as we fight to protect the rights of our members. Please cascade details through your networks to all branches as we call for the widest possible awareness and support of this appalling attempt by the Council to silence our members rather than listen to the voices of their staff.

Plymouth City Branch has set up a Facebook site to support the call for Re-recognition – visit

Messages of Solidarity can be sent to PCC Branch at

Or please encourage messages of #solidarity on Twitter to @cityplymUNISON

News and updates also available from and via the @cityplymUNISON and @UNISONSW Twitter accounts

Thanks for any support and help you are able to provide.


Helen Willis
Regional Manager, Unison South West Region


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