Five-day Kirklees Council strike moves step closer

Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner November 17th 2010

A FIVE-DAY council workers’ strike has moved a step closer.

Trade union Unison’s Kirklees branch is drawing up plans to ballot its 8,500 members for industrial action.

The workers’ group wants to call a five-day strike in mid-December to fight compulsory redundancies.

Kirklees Council is in the middle of a cost-cutting programme which will see its non-school workforce drop from 11,200 to 9,700.

Butt Kirklees Unison is determined no workers will be forced out.

Yesterday Yorkshire regional organiser Leonie Sharp said ballot plans were being finalised.

Our negotiations with the employer have broken down. I plan to notify the employer in the next seven days that we will be balloting for industrial action,” she said.

A Kirklees spokesman said: “A conciliation meeting took place on Friday and is to be followed by a further meeting between the council and the unions. To move to a strike ballot while an agreed process is still ongoing is confusing at best, but at worst it is confrontational.”

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