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Friday, 30 November 2012

Industrial action warning on redundancies

As Scottish local government branches meet in Glasgow today, UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby has warned of industrial action across Scotland if local councils implement compulsory redundancies as part of Government enforced cuts.

Backing North Lanarkshire UNISON's campaign against cuts of £73million, Mike said: "The cuts we are facing, in Lanarkshire and across the UK, are not about austerity measures to meet an economic problem, but about politics. A politics that hates public services and loves to profit from privatisation.

“The Scottish Government does have a choice - it may be a difficult choice, it may be a very expensive choice, but is their choice nonetheless, and it could remove the council tax freeze. If the council moves to any form of compulsory redundancies, UNISON will consult on industrial action.” He confirmed this policy applies to to every council in Scotland.

UNISON Scottish local government branches will hear details later today of a 1% pay offer and progress on the 'Living Wage' across local authorities. They will decide how best to consult members over the coming weeks.

Tomorrow in Glasgow,delegates from all UNISON Scotland branches will hear a call for the STUC to plan a 'co-ordinated industrial action strategy' across all sectors of the economy.