Fourth strike now lined up as battle against wage cuts continues

unisonCouncil workers in South Gloucestershire will be out on strike again tomorrow in their row over wage cuts – and a fourth day of industrial action is being lined up for next Thursday, which is also the day many teachers are striking.

Unison officials met the political leaders on the council yesterday to put their members’ case again.

Unison branch secretary Huw Williams said there had been no agreement but the councillors had indicated that they would be willing to sit round a table with the union next week to negotiate.

Library assistants, care workers, staff at the Vinney Green secure unit and civic enforcement officers will be back on the picket line tomorrow from 10am until 2pm.

As part of efficiency savings, the council has changed policies governing enhancements and allowances that some staff receive in addition to their basic salaries for routine Saturday and overnight working.

Unison says that as a result many workers are losing up to 10% of their pay and some will lose substantially more, depending on work patterns.

The union says it has received “huge public support”  in its battle.

Meanwhile members of the teaching unions the NUT and NASUWT are striking on 17th October over pay, pensions and workloads, saying Education Secretary Michael Gove’s failure to acknowledge their concerns has forced the industrial action. Schools across B&NES, South Glos and Bristol will be affected.