The ongoing row over the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) managements Victorian labour relations has forced staff to ballot on industrial action (March 4 2008, mrw.co.uk).
The enforced staff pay restructuring at SEPA has been described by trade union Unison as a severe threat to stopping green crime and the union had hoped to negotiate an acceptable outcome for staff.
However, talks between Unison and SEPA management have exhausted other possibilities explained SEPA Unison branch chairman Alan Fleming. He added: Unfortunately [the talks] still had no effect on managements Victorian labour relations, and we have now had to start the procedures that could lead to industrial action. Morale among the workforce is low and we will not allow members to be bullied and brow-beaten in this way.
Unison regional officer Marion Adamson said: This is a responsible and caring workforce, who dont want to take strike action, because they know the importance of the work they do in protecting the environment, and safeguarding public health. They have been forced into this action by a completely intransigent management. Even at this stage we would hope that SEPA will understand the concerns of their staff, honour their current agreements on pay and conditions and commit to collective bargaining without imposition.
MRW contacted SEPA for a response but no one was available for comment at the time of going to press.
The ballot closes on 25 April.