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LIVERPOOL UNISON MEMBERS VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION

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MOre than 1,000 Unison members at Liverpool City Council have voted for strike action in protest at proposed change...
MOre than 1,000 Unison members at Liverpool City Council have voted for strike action in protest at proposed changes to employment conditions.

The Daily Post (25 March, p11) reported that Unison claims some staff could find themselves up to£2,300 worse off under the new system.

Toni Byrne, Unison branch secretary, said: 'The motion was passed unanimously. There was no question on that at all.' Ms Byrne said the changes included increasing the working week from 35 to 37 hours for some staff, phasing out weekend enhancements and rationalising shift payments.

Ms Byrne said: 'Members feel they have been treated with contempt and disrespect. They are appalled that the council is even thinking of changing their working conditions.'

But Ian Jones, director of personnel, said he believed Unison was jumping the gun. He said: 'We are appalled that the union should be threatening industrial action because it would be in breach of the same national agreement that they are complaining about with us.

'There are a number of proposals for negotiation which have to be completed locally. If we do not reach an agreement we would then go to arbitration.'

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