Unite the union has today (4 February) confirmed that members at Angus council have moved a step closer to industrial action. The announcement follows a consultative ballot where Unite members voted by 98 per cent in favour of holding a legal ballot. The move is in response to Angus Council imposing changes to the terms and conditions of 140 staff who work in Environmental Services.

From April 2019, household waste will be collected from 06:00 until 22:00 which will mean that workers will be required to move to a day shift/back shift work pattern.  Unite members have raised concerns about the dangers of operating the service safely and effectively, and the negative impact that these changes will have on work-life balance. 
 
Dougie Maguire, Unite regional co-ordinating officer, said: “The resounding vote in favour of moving towards an industrial action ballot at Angus council should come as no surprise. Unite members are furious at the proposed changes to shift patterns and working hours, which we believe will lead to a poorer service. Unite will now hold a ballot to defend our members’ terms and conditions. This result should focus the minds of Angus council or they will face imminent industrial action.”  

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For more information contact Dougie Maguire on 07810157925.

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.