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DERECOGNITION LEADS TO NEWHAM STRIKES

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Newham LBC is bracing itself for a series of one-day strikes following a row over union recognition. ...
Newham LBC is bracing itself for a series of one-day strikes following a row over union recognition.

Unison members voted for the action after the union said the council de-recognised it. The first two strikes are scheduled for 23 April and 1 May. The union estimates around 2,500 staff will take part.

In January, councillors banned all negotiation and consultation with Unison following a social workers' pay dispute (LGC, 8 September 2001) and the union's disclosure of information regarding a senior officer's£11,500 pay hike.

The action follows a veto by chief executive David Burbage of the agreement by the Joint Secretaries of the Greater London Provincial Council to resolve the dispute and lift the ban on negotiations.

The council said the union was banned, not de-recognised, and that the strikes would not affect services.
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