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Unite holds industrial action ballot at Angus council

Unite the union last night (12 March) held a meeting attended by dozens of members at Angus council following the opening of a strike ballot. Unite members previously held a consultative ballot at the local authority where 98 per cent were in favour of holding a legal ballot.

The ongoing ballot, which will close on 22 March, is in response to Angus council imposing changes to the terms and conditions of 140 staff who work in environmental services. If the strike action ballot is successful then industrial action including a ban on overtime and a work to rule is likely to take place from late March until late June 2019.

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 a number concerns about the dangers of operating the service safely and effectively, and the negative impact that these changes will have on work-life balance.

George Ramsay, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The attendance by dozens of Unite members at the meeting held to coincide with the opening of the industrial action ballot shows our strong resolve at Angus council. Unite members are rightly furious at the imposition of changes to shift patterns and working hours. We also believe that this will result in a poorer service due to the extension of working hours for the public. Once again, we would encourage Angus council to re-engage with Unite to find a resolution to this dispute or potential industrial action is only a matter of weeks away.”

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For more information contact George Ramsay on 07880037980 and contact Andrew Brady (andrew.brady@unitetheunion.org) for any pictures associated with the meeting on 12 March.

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.

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