Unite the union can today (1 April) confirm members in Dundee city council and Leisure and Culture Dundee have voted overwhelmingly by 92 per cent for industrial action in a consultative ballot. The ballot comes in response to Dundee city council imposing a policy of compulsory redundancies, limiting flexible retirement, and reducing the pay protection for staff moved to lower grade posts without the agreed consultation taking place.

In February, the Policy and Resources committee of Dundee city council voted to adopt this new policy. Following the ballot, strike action is now likely unless Dundee city council agrees to reopen the consultation process and withdraw the imposed changes to the terms and conditions of Unite members.

Talks will now be sought with Dundee city council and the Leisure Trust. Unite members across the Council including home care workers, construction workers, pupil support workers, refuse collectors, environmental health workers and librarians voted to take industrial action in opposition to cuts in service provision, and to terms and conditions.

Bob Macgregor, Unite regional industrial officer, said “Workers in Dundee city council and the Leisure Trust find it hard to understand why SNP councillors supported by the Lord Provost have voted for a policy that they say they do not want to use. Unite will now speak to our sister unions about the action we will take should the council and the trust fail to talk with us about reversing these imposed changes.”

“After years of cuts, Dundee city council workers are demanding to be treated with dignity. This council has breached their own Fair Work charter by failing to engage and consult on these changes to their workers’ terms of employment. Local government cannot provide quality services whilst its workforce is under attack.”

ENDS

For more information contact Bob MacGregor on 07711376918.


Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.