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CAMDEN LBC TO SEEK COSTS FROM UNISON

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Camden LBC is to seek a 'significant sum' in legal costs from town hall union Unison, following a two-year wrangle ...
Camden LBC is to seek a 'significant sum' in legal costs from town hall union Unison, following a two-year wrangle that was due to go before an industrial tribunal this month.

The Camden New Journal (p2) reports that a few weeks ago Unison backed out of the tribunal saying that the costs of the action were too high.

The case followed the imposition of new staff contracts two years ago. Camden dismissed 2,000 staff and re-employed them under new contracts - which led to 580 staff making claims of unfair dismissal.

Unison branch secretary Dave Eggmore said: 'Camden's decision to press for costs is remarkable, especially since we have withdrawn our case. It is bound to be seen by members as a mean and vindictive attack.'

He added: 'Introducing the new working practices by sacking staff on such a large scale left a lot of bitterness. This will add to that,' he warned.

Camden's finance committee chairman John Mills said: 'We have obligations to the taxpayers though we don't want to fall out with staff.'

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