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Date: Tuesday 10 September 2013

IT workers at Stirling Council to strike next week in ongoing dispute

UNISON local government workers in Stirling will start selective strike action on Monday (16 Sept) as part of the branch’s ongoing industrial action against draconian cuts to pay and conditions.

UNISON has given notice to Stirling Council of selective action involving a group of IT workers. This will start on Monday for one week.

This is the first phase of selective action that follows the one day all out strike action on Monday 26 August.

Lorraine Thomson, Branch Secretary, said: “Members are protesting against the imposition of changes to pay and terms and conditions which the council says they must make.

“However, the council has plans to increase its reserves at the same time as cutting our members’ terms and conditions by 4.5%. Some of our members could lose more than £130 per month. The council can afford to withdraw these draconian cuts.”

UNISON carried out a survey of members and 98% said they were bullied and intimidated by a letter sent by Stirling Council asking them to sign new contracts.

Lorraine added: “Following legal advice, we advised our members to sign, stating they were doing so under protest/duress to protect their jobs.

“Our commitment to our members in facing this imposition is absolute and we are proceeding with further industrial action as mandated by the members.”

For further information please contact:
Lorraine Thomson UNISON Branch Secretary mobile 07826 903559
Lesley Russell UNISON Branch Chair mobile 07717544968
Emma Phillips UNISON Regional Organiser mobile 07538 101221

Notes for editors

1. UNISON local government members in Stirling went on strike on Monday 26 August . See that news release here

2. The Stirling UNISON branch website is at www.stirlingunison.co.uk

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For further information please contact:
James Douglas UNISON Branch Secretary mobile 07826903559
Lesley Russell UNISON Branch Chair mobile 07717544968
David O'Connor UNISON Regional Organiser mobile 07958121861

 

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