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Plymouth takes Unison back

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Unison and Plymouth City Council appear to have patched up their differences - although there are still questions about details of the new agreement on changes to terms and conditions.

The authority agreed this week to reverse its derecognition of the union after amending the new collective agreement which had been opposed by the local Unison branch because their lawyers believed the deal could break equalities legislation.

However, the two parties appear to differ on what has been changed - with the union telling LGC new payments had been improved and some sections dropped while the council stating only implementation dates had changed.

In a joint statement from the council and GMB, Unison and Unite unions, Plymouth chief executive Barry Keel said: “This has been a very difficult time for staff with a huge amount of uncertainty. The council has always been committed to reaching an agreement with the trade unions and this has taken time.  We are grateful for the patience of staff during these talks.”

Unison regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “This has been a difficult and long process for all of our members. We recognise the anxiety members have about their jobs but we also know that these changes will cause hardship for many members and their families. We resolve to carry on defending our members conditions in these difficult times.”

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