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HEREFORD IN TRIBUNAL TEST CASE WHICH COULD COST£1M

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Unison members of Hereford and Worcester CC have said that Conservative councillors treated them better than Labour...
Unison members of Hereford and Worcester CC have said that Conservative councillors treated them better than Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors who cut the wages of low-paid staff (19 Jan, p20).

The union has taken the council to an industrial tribunal over the withdrawal of overtime and weekend payments.

In a test case being watched by other councils, the tribunal will rule in the next couple of weeks whether 53 of the workers were sacked unfairly when they were dismissed and rehired on revised contracts last April.

The council faces paying up to£1m in lost pay if it loses the case.
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