Unite the union has confirmed that from today (22 March) it is holding a consultative ballot on potential industrial action at Dundee city council. The ballot which closes on 1 April comes in response to Dundee city council approving £10.3 million of cuts at its annual budget.

A series of detrimental measures were also approved at a meeting of the local authority’s Policy and Resources committee last month. This included less protection of earnings afforded to all employees when a forced change to a lesser paid role arises; greater restrictions on the length of time when an employee can flexibly retire, and the threat of compulsory redundancy.

Unite regional co-ordinating officer, Dougie Maguire, said: “The workforce at Dundee city council face millions of pounds of cuts despite being asked to provide the same level of service, while having their terms and conditions attacked. This is an unacceptable situation for not only the workforce but the people of Dundee. Unite will now hold a consultative ballot of our membership on potential industrial action in order to protect their terms and conditions, and the quality of service the public rightly deserves.”

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For more information contact Dougie Maguire on 07810157925 or the Dundee office on 01382 227369.

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.