Unions to seek strike ballot for Sefton council staff

by John Siddle, Liverpool Echo December 8th

UNIONISTS said they have a “massive mandate for industrial action” after Merseyside council workers were polled over looming cuts.

As senior Sefton councillors identified savings of £30m at a behind-closed-doors meeting on Saturday, three unions revealed 90% of members supported a strike ballot.

Unison, GMB and Unite will now seek approval from regional offices for a formal ballot.

Glen Williams, Unison branch secretary, said: “This is an overwhelming indication of how determined union members are to resist the threat of major job cuts and slashing of public services.

I attended many of the recent roadshows where the chief executive gave an update and I was extremely concerned at the low mood of the workforce, how low morale felt and how there is a belief that this is simply not fair.

The three unions are completely at one in their opposition to the job cuts.”

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