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Council workers' strike dates confirmed

Strike action by local government waste collection workers who are members of the trade union Unison has been confirmed for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The decision to strike on July 16 and 17 follows a break down in pay negotiations with local government (MRW June 25).

Unison general secretary David Prentis said: Throughout the union and across the country our members working in local government have given sustained strike action the green light. This decision has not been taken lightly, but years of pay cuts and recent hikes in fuel, food and housing costs have left them with little choice. 

The employers must realise that we mean business. They must also understand
they can resolve this dispute by coming up with a decent offer.

Commenting on the impact of the strike on waste and recycling collections a Unison spokeswoman said: When the Birmingham Council strike took place in March, although over a different matter, it did affect waste collections.

She said that the members of trade union Unite had also voted to take action.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: Weve made our final offer to the unions and its disappointing that they have gone down this route.

He reconfirmed that the local governments position remained the same and that if the pay settlement went any higher than the 2.45% rise offered then councils would have to make choices between cutting front line services and laying off staff.


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