Strike by South Glos Council staff suspended

unisonToday’s strike by council workers in South Gloucestershire over wage cuts has been suspended.

This morning Unison branch secretary Huw Williams said that following a meeting with the council’s deputy chief executive, an offer was expected to come from the council tomorrow in the hope of settling the dispute.

The offer will be put to Unison members next week.

Library assistants, care workers, staff at the Vinney Green secure unit and civic enforcement officers have already taken strike action three times in recent weeks in protest at the council’s decision to change policies governing enhancements and allowances that some staff were getting on top of their basic salaries for routine Saturday and overnight working. A fourth day of industrial action had been due to take place today.

Unison says that the changes have meant that already low-paid workers are losing up to 10% of their pay and some substantially more, depending on the number of hours they work.

The council has said that the changes are part of efficiency savings.

Meanwhile several schools across South Glos, B&NES and Bristol are closed or partly closed today because of industrial action by the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions.