Vinney Green staff on the picket line for the third consecutive day

Staff on the picket line outside Vinney Green today

Staff on the picket line outside Vinney Green today

Workers at the Vinney Green Secure Unit at Emersons Green were today striking for the third consecutive day in the ongoing row with South Gloucestershire Council over pay cuts.

They huddled round a fire to keep warm outside the gates of the unit, which cares for some of the most troubled and troublesome young people in the country.

Unison said 95 per cent of workers at the unit have not been working their shifts during the 60-hour strike, which began at 7.30am on Tuesday and runs until midnight tonight.

Managers are understood to have been covering the shifts.

Workers in libraries, care homes, and civil enforcement workers also walked out for four hours last Saturday during this fourth round of industrial action by Unison which comes after the council’s offer of a short-term buy-out payment in return for staff losing their enhanced Saturday payments was rejected. In a 67% turnout, Unison members dismissed the offer by nearly two to one.

The cuts have meant a pay cut of 10 per cent for some already very low-paid workers, says Unison.

The union says it has widespread public support and that there have been many donations to the hardship fund to help the striking workers financially during their walkouts.

The Week In understands that the council will be meeting Unison representatives tomorrow.