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SALFORD COUNCIL TRADE UNIONS RESPOND TO CUTS
 

Star date: 18th February 2011 

SALFORD UNIONS' "CONSIDERABLE OBSTACLES" TO AVOID STRIKES

Trade Unions representing Salford Council employees have responded to Tuesday's £40million cuts announcements by threatening a ballot for industrial action on scrapping essential car user allowance for staff, and slating Salford Community Leisure for pushing through library closures "without putting these proposals on the table when we have met with them".

Whilst welcoming the Council's `indication' that there will be no compulsory redundancies this year within the 600 job losses, Ray Walker - joint secretary for Salford unions UNISON, GMB and UNITE - states that "we still have much to do" to "avoid a requirement to consider a ballot for industrial action"…

Read the full statement here…


SALFORD UNISON
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STATEMENT TO SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FROM RAY WALKER JOINT SECRETARY UNISON, GMB AND UNITE…

"As requested at the Joint Secretaries Meeting last Friday, UNISON, I am responding as Joint Secretary of the TU side to your request for our views on the announcement that there will be no compulsory redundancies this financial year of 2011-12.
 
I was expecting a formal announcement, thus the delay in the response.
 
We welcome that the Council seem to be indicating that there will be no compulsory redundancies this year and we believe the way in which we helped to identify savings/cuts that would not impact as much on job losses to be a contributing part to the final figure of just over £40 Million and around 600 jobs as compared to the initial figure of £50 Milllion cuts and 800 job losses. UNISON, GMB and UNITE have always maintained that keeping job losses to a minimal figure to be a vital part of our talks.
 
We still have much to do.
 
We believe that Salford Community Leisure need to engage in meaningful talks with the trade unions in particular when they announce library closures, without putting these proposals on the table when we have met with them. Talks are ongoing soon and we ask Salford CC to play a key role in resolving this difficult part of the budget cuts. What we do not need is an employer sending a message out that erosion of sick pay and other important terms and conditions can go by without our view being heard.
 
In relation to Salford CC we still request a meeting to discuss the criteria by which Essential Car User Allowance is allocated and the way in which it can be paid in the future, also we seek further progress on other matters, rather than an arbitrary decision by the Council that ECUA will no longer apply to anyone, which we believe is a big mistake the Council is making and liable to bring us into dispute.
 
The joint trade unions are committed to doing all we can to overcome the still considerable obstacles to reaching a settlement in the Budget cuts that would avoid a requirement to consider a ballot for industrial action. With the determination that exists on both sides, we may yet get there.
 
Ray Walker
Joint Secretary of the Staff Side

 

 

 

Betrayed worker wrote
at 09:32:10 on 24 February 2011
SO WHERE IS THE FIGHTBACK ? It is going to take a lot more than a few demo's , a few walks around Hyde Park , and betrayal by the TUC.The Students showed the ONLY way forward , we MUST build on this NOW.
 
Fred wrote
at 16:28:23 on 20 February 2011
Speaking to people who USED to work for the council, there have already been compulsory redundancies. Staff were forced to apply for their jobs or a reduced number of jobs. Those that were unsuccessful were given redundancy pay-offs!! I can' understand why the council and unions have not, genuinely join forces and worked together to resist these unreasonable cuts to public services. Meanwhile the banks, corporations and politicians continue to get rich and avoid taxes at our expense. The unions response to date has been non-existent/pathetic.
 
ray walker wrote
at 07:21:32 on 19 February 2011
The fightback takes many forms not just protesting outside the town hall. My involvement in talks with the employers and alongside the the other TU's have assisted in keeping workers in jobs which was is always one of our objectives. we will protest as and when we need to and we will are still in a situation where industrial action is probable. What we will not do is try to lead our members into strike action that they have shown to date no stomach for, that would be reckless. The march in London on 26th is well supported with over 50 of our members attending ( i would prefer hundreds )so we are taking our fight against cuts seriously. Maybe the let down worker ( assuming they are a UNISON member would like to contact me personally at the the Salford Branch Office on 0161 794 7425 and we can discuss this further?)
 
Betrayed worker wrote
at 10:35:27 on 18 February 2011
Get on strike NOW before this corrupt council betray the people even more.The Big Society is a joke and so are the traitorous council.WHERE IS THE FIGHTBACK ????????????????????????
 
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