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UNISON AND REDCAR IN ROW OVER LOLLIPOP STAFF

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Redcar and Cleveland BC has decided to terminate the contracts of nine lollipop men and women involved in a long-ru...
Redcar and Cleveland BC has decided to terminate the contracts of nine lollipop men and women involved in a long-running dispute. They will be replaced with new ones offering fewer hours for less pay. The Northern Echo reported (22 Oct, p4) that Unison has condemned the decision. After the council had axed the lunchtime patrol, the nine staff were holding out for better compensation deals although 23 lollipop staff accepted payments totalling£4,608. Unison believed they were entitled to three times as much.

But, despite written requests, Unison failed to inform the council about the views of the nine staff, and the council was forced to change the terms and conditions of its contract. Chief personnel officer Malcolm Oyston is quoted: 'We have come up with compensation payments under compensation regulations and if the nine workers won't agree, the only way to change their contracts is to dismiss and re-engage them on different terms. We hope this will lead to the employees who have been unhappy accepting the new agreement and end the impasse which has been going on since the summer.' Unison is considering industrial action if the council continues to be 'unhelpful'.
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