Friday, 30 November 2012

STV- Union warns of council strike action over compulsory redundancies

30 Nov 2012

STV reported last night about the campaign against £73m worth of cuts by North Lanarkshire council, and the rally planned for Thursday, December 6.

The report said:

The Scottish Secretary of Unison has warned his union will consider industrial action at councils across Scotland if any compulsory redundancies are made in planned cuts.

Mike Kirby made the comments as his union and Unite plan to protest on December 6 outside North Lanarkshire Council’s headquarters in Motherwell Civic Centre. Members of the GMB union have also been invited to take part in the action.

Unison has confirmed some of its members will dress up as the grim reaper to highlight their opposition to planned cuts of £73m at the local authority.

Mr Kirby said: “North Lanarkshire Council has announced their proposals for cutting £73.3m from their budget and it is clear from the areas that they are looking at that their plans could have a major effect on our members, their jobs and importantly the services provided to vulnerable sections of the community.

“Local authorities continue to see their budgets squeezed, while demand for services is steadily rising. As part of these challenges, finances and welfare reform are two big issues facing all local authorities.

“The cuts we are facing, in Lanarkshire and across the UK, are not about austerity measures to meet an economic problem, but about politics. A politics that hates public services and loves to profit from privatisation.

“The Scottish Government does have a choice - it may be a difficult choice, it may be a very expensive choice, but is their choice nonetheless, and it could remove the council tax freeze.

“If the council moves to any form of compulsory redundancies, Unison will consult on industrial action.”

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